Charting the history of painting in China from the eighth to the twentieth century, this exhibition features over 70 masterpieces from collections across the world.

This is an ambitious show spanning 1200 years, and features a number of incredibly rare artefacts including paintings on silk, scroll friezes and exquisite small-scale works made by monks.

It begins with paintings from the Tang dynasty, an era of relative calm and prosperity, which enabled the arts to flourish and merchants to develop overland trading routes from China to Syria and Rome. From the vigorous brushwork of court painter Wu Daozi to the naturalist idiom of Wang Wei, this marks a classical period in Chinese art.

There are some seventy masterpieces in the exhibition, revealing the immense change in style and subject matter throughout the centuries, and how each dynasty left its mark on the history of art in China.

V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum)

Cromwell Road, London, Greater London, SW7 2RL

020 7942 2000


Opening times

Daily, 10am – 5.45pm (Fri until 10pm)

Free to all

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