Illustrations for different reading materials, such as books and magazines, help readers of many ages better understand the content. Meanwhile they also stand alone as quality works of art for fine techniques and colors.
Image of the West, an illustration exhibition at Tsinghua University Art Museum until Feb 28, gathers such works by acclaimed artists in Europe and the United States.
It is a celebration of imagination. The paintings on show reinterpret fairy tales and literary works, many of which are also quite familiar to Chinese audiences. Some were original stories created by the illustrators themselves.
10 am-5 pm, Feb 12-17. 9 am-5 pm, closed on Mondays. Tsinghua University Art Museum, Tsinghua University, Haidian district. Reservation required. 010-62781012.
The patterns on folk art and their symbolic meanings embody the values which evolved over a long time since the dawn of human society. They represent shared beliefs among people especially when marking special occasions.
The Yan Huang Art Museum is showing its collection of folk art objects, including embroidered textile pieces made by housewives, paper-cuttings by prominent folk artists and woodblock Spring Festival paintings produced at time-honored studios across the nation.
The exhibition through March 1 shows the vibrant, bold palette of folk art; the simple forms and shapes to deliver primitive beauty; and the profound cultural meanings being implied.
Closed on Feb 12/13/14, open on Feb 15. 10 am-6 pm, closed on Monday. 9 Huizhonglu, Yayuncun, Chaoyang district. 010-64912902.
The Ming and Qing dynasties saw rising demands in an increasing middle-class community for figure paintings to depict family life and convey cultural values and moral beliefs.
Figure paintings at the time were roughly categorized into three themes: paying tribute to ancestors, hailing harmony among family members and in social activities, and preserving core values embodied in social customs.
Family Harmony, an exhibition until March 7 at the Long Museum's West Bund venue, examines the roles of figure paintings in carrying on values and cultural traditions for future generations.
Closed on Feb 11/12/13, 10 am-5:30 pm, Feb 14-17. 10 am-6 pm, Tue-Sun. 3398 Longteng Avenue, Xuhui district. 021-64227636.
China's long history of using natural lacquer to make daily objects more beautiful and durable is evident in the lacquer ware found in Neolithic relics in the country. Throughout centuries, the production of lacquer objects boomed to elevate the craft to a higher level of artistry.
An exhibition now on at the Zhejiang Provincial Museum until Oct 23, 2022, reviews the glory of lacquer art in ancient China, showing some 87 fine objects in the museum collection dated between the Song (960-1279) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.
1-5 pm on Feb 12, 9 am-5 pm, Feb 13-17. 9 am-5 pm, closed on Mondays. 25 Gushan Lu, Hangzhou. Reservation required. 0571-86013085/87960505.
The Ming and Qing dynasties saw the rise of merchants from Shanxi province. This influential collective group enjoyed a monopoly in the salt industry and banking at the time. An accumulation of wealth over several generations also resulted in a popularity of wearing gold and silver accessories among people in Shanxi throughout the first half of the 20th century.
An exhibition through April 20 at Shanxi Bronzeware Museum traces the history of this unique fashion trend. On show are a variety of vintage silver accessories from several museums in Shanxi and also private collections.
9 am-5 pm, Tue-Sun, closed on Feb 11&12. 13 Guangjing Lu, Taiyuan, Shanxi province. Reservation required. 0351-5225000.
The Lasting Charm of Cultural Relics, an exhibition at Sichuan Museum, examines the long-standing influence of the exchanges between different civilizations which were boosted by the ancient Silk Road. The exhibition through March 20 uses nearly 300 artifacts to reflect the diversity and dynamics of these cultures.
The objects on display are largely from the collection of Hirayama Ikuo Silk Road Museum, which was built by Ikuo Hirayama, the late Japanese painter and collector of antiquities related to the Silk Road. There are also collections from Sichuan Museum, Shaanxi History Museum in Xi'an and Gansu Provincial Museum in Lanzhou, among others.
9 am-1 pm on Feb 11, 1-5 pm on Feb 12, 9 am-5 pm, Feb 13-17. 251 Huanhua Nan Lu, Chengdu, Sichuan province. 028-65521888 / 65521569.
The successive reigns of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) emperors, Kangxi, his son Yongzheng and grandson Qianlong saw a peak of court art. Strong financial revenues gave a boost to the creation of court painters and the imperial art collection.
The National Museum of China is showcasing 27 fine examples of Qing court paintings and calligraphic works in its collection at newly-opened ancient art gallery of Shenzhen Museum.
The exhibition, titled Regality and Magnificence, until March 7 examines three distinctive features of Qing court art, such as serving as documents of historical events and figures at the time.
10 am-4 pm on Feb 11, 10 am-6 pm, Feb 12-17. 6 Tongxin Lu, Futian district. 0755-88132247.