A collection of traditional Chinese flower and bird paintings is displayed in the UK for the first time.

A classic Chinese art form, flower and bird painting first emerged as a practice more than 1,500 years ago and remains popular today.

This exhibition explores examples produced over the last 600 years, from the late Ming dynasty to recent decades.

It reveals how artists have strived for more than simple imitations of nature – instead flowers and birds often have symbolic or spiritual meanings.

Many of the works on display were produced by scholar-painters who often combined elements of poetry and calligraphy into their flower and bird paintings.

National Museum Cardiff

Cathays Park, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, CF10 3NP

029 2039 7951


Opening times

Tues – Sun & most Bank Holiday Mondays
10am – 5pm (Galleries close 4.45pm)

Closed 24 – 26 Dec, 1 Jan

Free to all

10% off restaurant

Valid to 31 December 2019

10% off café

Valid to 31 December 2019

Enjoy a range of sandwiches and baguettes, home-made soup, and cakes made from local Welsh ingredients where possible.

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