Eight Dynasties of Chinese Painting Exhibition Records
Scope and Contents Note
The Eight Dynasties of Chinese Painting Exhibition Records, 1974-1980, consist of records related to exhibition education and planning as well as the exhibition catalog. Education files are comprised of introduction and orientation guidelines for docents, a brochure, and an informational packet, which includes slide negatives highlighting exhibition objects. Planning notes and outlines are also present. Records related to the catalog are comprised of draft essays, catalog entries, and galley proofs.
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Biographical / Historical Note
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Cleveland Museum of Art have both long been known for their Chinese art collection, especially their Chinese paintings. In 1980 and 1981, they joined in conducting a major exhibition of their combined masterworks of Chinese painting.
• This large exhibition, Eight Dynasties of Chinese Painting (八代遺珍：堪薩斯城納爾遜-阿特金斯藝術博物館和克里夫蘭藝術博物館所藏中國繪畫特展), featured a superb selection of 282 objects from the two museums. The two institutions also shared the history of having museum directors who specialized in the field of Asian art, Sherman E. Lee, the director in Cleveland who was also the museum's chief curator of Asian art, and Laurence Sickman, director emeritus of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the man chiefly responsible for assembling the museum's superlative Chinese collection. Sickman and Lee led Eight Dynasties of Chinese Painting, and Marc Wilson, the Nelson-Atkins’s East Asian art curator (who himself later became director of the museum) and Wai-kam Ho, Senior Research Curator of Chinese Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art, were also major contributors for the exhibition.
The exhibition focused on landscape paintings from as early as the third century BC to the mid-nineteenth century, covering over two thousand years of Chinese painting history, and featured many important works. Among the 282 objects, 99 were from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and 183 from the Cleveland Museum of Art. The two museums both hosted an academic symposium during the exhibition, with speakers including international distinguished scholars and graduate students.
This landmark exhibition was on view at the Nelson Gallery-Atkins Museum from November 7, 1980 to January 4, 1981; then held at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland on February 11 - March 29, 1981. The exhibition also traveled to the Tokyo National Museum in 1981 as well as the Asian Society (New York) in 1982.
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Language of Materials
This collection is the records of the Eight Dynasties of Chinese Painting Exhibition held at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in November 7, 1980, through January 4, 1981. The collection dated 1974-1980, primarily consists of records related to exhibit planning and education, as well as the exhibition catalog.
Immdediate Source of Acquisition Note
Transfer; date received not known.
Additions to the collection are not anticipated.
- Art, Chinese -- Song-Yuan dynasties, 960-1368 -- Exhibitions
- Cleveland Museum of Art
- Ho, Wai-kam
- Lee, Sherman E.
- Painting, Chinese -- Song-Yuan dynasties, 960-1368 -- Exhibitions
- Sickman, L. C. S. (Laurence C. S.)
- William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art and Mary Atkins Museum of Fine Arts
- Wilson, Marc F.
- Finding Aid of the Eight Dynasties of Chinese Painting Eight Dynasties of Chinese Painting Exhibition Records, RG 24/20
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