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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Museu do Oriente - Voyages of Discovery

From 28th of February through 4th of March, the Museu do Oriente (Lisbon, Portugal) is hosting the exhibition Voyages of Discovey - A Portuguese collection travelling around the world.

The collection comprises ceramic pieces and paintings on canvas that will be held at auction in Hong Kong by the British auction house Bonhams. This Portuguese collection, beloging to an anonymous private collector, has been previously presented in Paris, Nova Iorque, Londres, Singapura, Taipé, Beijing, Xangai e Hong Kong.

With 12 valuable ceramic pieces spanning a historical period that goes back to the Song Dinasty (960-1279), the collection includes two plates from the Song Dinasty (960-1279), one of them showing a poem written six centuris later by the Emperor Qianlong, where he states the beauty of the object.
Also presented in a fine state of conservation, is rare china from the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1912) dinasties.
Minutely elaborated cloisonné pieces (enamelwork in which metal filaments are fused to the surface of an object to outline a design that is filled in with enamel paste) complete this part of the collection, among which stands out an 'ice cooler' that would held a block of ice with the purpose of cooling the room - the Victoria & Alber Museum possesses a similar one, probably property of the same original owner.

A series of 15 paintings from two renowned Chinese painters of the 20th and 21st centuries, Chu Teh-Chun(朱德群) and Zao Wou-Ki(赵无极), travels through several decades that separate both artists, testifying their artistic development.

Born in China, both studied under the instruction of Lin Fengmian at the Hangzhou Academic Art College. Following similar paths, they travelled to Paris (Zao Wou-Ki in 1948 and Chu Teh-Chun in 1955), in a time when Paris effervescing with art movements.

Their artistic creativity together with their life experience is depicted through a fusion of caligrapy and tradicional Chinese painting, with the Western abstractionism, where the result can be appreciated on the 15 exhibited paintings.

Voyages of Discovery can be visited in the Galeria Sul at the Museo do Oriente from 28th of February to 4th of March, 2012.

General information about visits can be found on this page.
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