Chinese Art @ V&A


The Victoria and Albert are now showing one of the most lovely exhibitions that I have seen in a very long time. It is like a love letter from the west to the east, in admiration of centuries of sumptuous Chinese art.

The work on display begins from 700 to 1900 allowing us westerners a comprehensive glimpse into the history of Chinese painting. The show has been well titled ‘masterpieces’, which it certainly is. I will be in serious doubt if anyone leaves the exhibition disappointed.

On display are beautiful scrolls, stunning panoramic ink paintings and buddhist banners all showcased in dimly lit rooms to allow the images to shine. Where exhibitions are often tightly packed with goods, here the rooms are large and spacious allowing the viewer to fully take in what is to offer.

The secular landscape paintings and images of animals and dragons are my favourites. However, each the carefully selected 80 paintings have been well chosen, so as there is enough, but never too much to see.

This show is simply spectacular and I urge everyone to see it as soon as possible!

Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700-1900 is on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum until 19 January 2014

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Lizzy Vartanian Collier is a London-based writer with a special interest in contemporary Middle Eastern Art. She has a BA in Art History and an MA in Contemporary Art and Art Theory of Asia and Africa from the School of Oriental and African Studies. She runs the Gallery Girl blog and also writes for After Nyne, Ibraaz and Reorient.

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