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Historic Art From China
March 27, 2013   
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Behind the Great Wall. Chinese Art from the Collection of the National Museum in Warsaw is the most wide-ranging exhibition of its kind to be held in Poland. Except for a handful of older items, most artifacts on display date back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and the 20th century.

The exhibition covers all branches of Chinese art from painting and calligraphy to print making, wood carving, furniture and tapestries, and includes objects made of ceramic materials, bronze, glass, ivory and stone. A large part of the collection is china. Visitors to the exhibition can also see a collection of early 20th-century woodcuts and inscriptions on inked paper using the estampage technique.

The Chinese art collection at the National Museum was created and grew largely thanks to donations. It started with a set of porcelain items which one Leopold Méyet left to the museum in his will and which the museum received in 1915. Polish musician, politician and statesman Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941) bequeathed a rich collection of artistic handicrafts to the museum in 1930. The core of the Paderewski collection are exquisite metalwork objects enameled using the cloisonné technique.

The Paderewski collection includes different types of porcelain, small artifacts engraved in ivory, nephrite and other types of stone.

Many of the exhibited items are landscape paintings, including a set of blue-and-green style pictures. Paintings of this kind allude to early Chinese landscape art and their decorative look made them highly sought-after items among European art collectors.

Until May 12
National Museum in Warsaw, 3 Jerozolimskie Ave.,
www.mnw.art.pl
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