Ma Junliang, Capital Edition of a Complete Map (of the World Based on) Astronomy (Jingban tianwen quantu). China. Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Qianlong period, ca. 1780–90. Colored woodblock print on paper. H. 26 1/5 x W. 47 1/4 in. (66.5 x 120 cm). Private Collection.
This small, focused exhibition uses one of the rare prints of Ma Junliang's map of the world Jingban tianwen quantu as a starting point to consider the interaction between China and Europe during the eighteenth century. The map offers viewers a Chinese perspective about power and the nature of the world with China at the center. The exhibition also includes Chinese eighteenth-century artworks that appropriate and reinterpret European images and techniques.