Art of the Mountain: Through the Chinese Photographer's Lens

8 February–2 December 2018

Exhibition Overview

Disciples of Buddha and Fairy Maiden Peak, taken at Peak Lying on the Clouds

Mountains, in Chinese legends, are the pillars that hold up the sky. For ages, mountains have been seen as places nurturing life. Veneration for mountains has taken many forms in Chinese culture, including retreat from society, aesthetic appreciation and admiration of the vast beauty of mountains through art, and through ritualistic practices. This exhibition is divided into three sections with over 70 photographs by more than 20 contemporary photographers presenting the geography, history, culture, life and art that is associated with or derived from mountains. Lofty Mountains: Revered in History will introduce the geography, history, legends and cultures associated with famous Chinese mountains; Pure Sound: Chinese Landscape Aesthetics will explore Chinese landscape painting aesthetics and how they have influenced contemporary photography; and New Landscape Photography will showcase artists using photography and post-photographic visual effects to express their thoughts on the role of mountains in societ.

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