One of the great things about Hangzhou is that there are not only numerous interesting and exciting things to do outside in the city’s beautiful landscape, but there are also many wonderful activities hiding behind, some very historical and cultural doors. These doors, belonging to some of the best art palaces in Hangzhou, lead the way to a number of informative and colourful exhibitions.
An Exhibition of Dehua Porcelain
Dehua County in Fujiang Province is the birthplace of ceramic culture in China and is reputed as being one of ‘Three Ceramic Capitals in China’. The delicate jade-white porcelain, known as blanc-de-chine in the West, is extremely popular and has often been referred to as “The treasure of Oriental Art”. It was during the Neolithic Age that ceramic production in Dehua County began to flourish, reaching its heyday during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.
This season Zhejiang Provincial Museum proudly showcases 68 antique pieces of Dehua porcelain from the Ming and Qing Dynasty and exhibits comprehensively the culture of this most treasured art. Hand-picked from the precious collections of Fujiang Museum are a number of pieces which include statues, ornaments, ancient stationery and household utensils.
Date: Nov. 30, 2014 - Feb 15, 2015 Venue: Zhejiang Provincial Museum Address: No.25, Gushan Road, Xihu District (西湖区孤山路25号) Ticket: Free
An Exhibition of Wood-block Paintings
With Chinese New Year fast approaching, Hangzhou’s West Lake Museum opens its doors and invites you to learn all about the Chinese spring festival and also welcomes you to participate in the charm of Chinese traditional art and the many customs that accompany it. The exhibition, consisting of 200 pieces, showcases eight categories of Chinese New Year wood-block paintings from different regions of China.
Date: Jan.1 to March 10 Venue: West Lake Museum Add: No.89, Nanshan Road, Hangzhou (杭州市南山路89号) Ticket: Free
Hangzhou’s Chinese Painting Biennale
This winter Zhejiang Art Museum spectacularly presents, over two floors and six exhibition rooms, the works of 36 artists. Hangzhou’s Chinese Painting Biennale is not only of a large scale but it covers all genres such as landscape, birds, flowers, calligraphy, poems and engravings.
The works are presented as an ‘album of paintings’, an old-fashioned way of mounting paintings in China. In ancient times an ‘album of paintings’ solved the inconvenience of keeping long paintings, a traditional form of painting that uses a long canvas to depict its subject matter.
Date: Dec. 23 to March. 8 Venue: Zhejiang Art Museum Add: No.138, Nanshan Road, Hangzhou (杭州市南山路138号) Tel: (0571)87078700 Ticket: Free
In Jiande, there is an ancient town that has experienced thousands of years of wind and rain. It has a beautiful name called Meicheng (Plum Blossom Town). Meicheng was the state town of the then Yanzhou and is now the county town of Jiande. It has a history of 1700 years.