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 aka Gallery Girl is a writer and curator based in London. Her work has been featured in publications including Dazed, Hyperallergic and Vogue Arabia. She was curator of Perpetual Movement during AWAN Festival 2018 and in 2019 had a residency at the Lab at Darat Al Funun in Amman, Jordan. She has also worked with Armenia Art Fair for its inaugural edition and previously worked as an editor at I.B.Tauris Publishers. In 2019 she co-founded Arsheef, Yemen’s first contemporary art gallery. She has given workshops at Manara Culture in Amman, Jordan and Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK. As of 2020 she is currently in law school, with the ambition of greater understanding the intersection between art and the law.

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