The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Thursday, November 27, 2014


"Ming: Emperors, artists and Merchants in Ancient China" opens at De Nieuwe Kerk
A man brings the finishing touches for the exhibition "Ming: Emperors, Artists and Merchants in Ancient China" in De Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam on October 2, 2013. The exhibition tells the story of China’s Ming dynasty and runs from 5 October to February 2, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ANP / ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN.
AMSTERDAM.- From 5 October 2013 to 2 February 2014, De Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam will present Ming: Emperors, Artists and Merchants in Ancient China. This exhibition tells the story of China’s Ming dynasty (1368–1644). In collaboration with the Nanjing Museum, one of China’s leading museums, De Nieuwe Kerk will host an exclusive collection of original Ming artefacts, complemented by classic delftware from the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague and a series of exquisite erotic drawings from the private collection of Ferdinand Bertholet.

Emperors, artists, and merchants
Visitors can marvel at sumptuous luxury items made exclusively for the Imperial Court, such as rare and precious yellow and green porcelain. Portraits, paintings on silk and grave goods will offer glimpses of ordinary lives in the Ming period. Also on display will be numerous examples of calligraphy and characteristic blue-and-white porcelain, formerly owned by wealthy Dutch burghers. These became coveted export items around this time. Delftware was a European response to this development; the exhibition will explore its similarities to and differences from Ming porcelain. The entire exhibition will follow the trajectory of a dynasty known for its great cultural, economic and social achievements, which have left a lasting mark on China’s national identity. It will include life-size portraits and pictures, which were a customary mode of expression for the Chinese court and a traditional way of welcoming guests. One special gallery will be devoted erotic drawings from the Bertholet collection.

A dynasty and its successes
The Ming dynasty was founded by Zhu Yuanzhang in 1368, after he drove out the Mongol khans of the Yuan dynasty. The empire of the Ming – a word literally meaning ‘brilliant’ – became a stable, enduring success. This exhibition paints a picture of its achievements, especially in trade, culture and the arts. In a time of great social transformation and a flourishing consumer culture, the Ming dynasty placed strong emphasis on aesthetic values. The fifth Ming emperor, Xuande (reigned 1425–35) was a great royal patron of the arts and established the artistic reputation of the Ming dynasty. The objects owned by the emperors attest to their lives of awe-inspiring wealth and opulence. An aesthetic planning committee set up by the court ensured the ongoing production of high-quality fine and applied art. Ming artists and artisans produced an incredibly wide range of objects. The deliberate construction of a free-market economy generated demand for consumer goods at home and abroad.

The Nanjing Museum
The Nanjing Museum is one of the largest in China and holds an enormous number of national artistic treasures. The museum survived the Cultural Revolution and retains the atmosphere of the 1930s. With special permission from the Chinese authorities, some of its treasures will now be sent to De Nieuwe Kerk for this exhibition. These exceptional loans from Nanjing coincide with the museum’s special, large-scale renovation and building plan for late 2013.





Today's News

October 3, 2013

"Ming: Emperors, artists and Merchants in Ancient China" opens at De Nieuwe Kerk

Activist shareholder Dan Loeb says Sotheby's needs 'restoration', new chief executive

Christie's New York to offer Andy Warhol's Coca-Cola: The icon of American Pop Art

Two major works by Canaletto to lead Sotheby's Old Masters Evening Sale in London

Caravaggio's "Boy Bitten by a Lizard" from the National Gallery to go on show in Holland

Late Scottish artist John Bellany gifted one of his finest paintings to the National Galleries of Scotland

National Portrait Gallery acquires portrait of Britain's wealthiest woman and early feminist

Bass Museum of Art receives $7.5 million for expansion celebrating 50th anniversary

London Asian Art Week this November: Beautiful and rare works announced at Christie's

"Saint Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy" by Caravaggio on loan to Detroit Institute of Arts

"Shunga: sex and pleasure in Japanese art" opens at the British Museum

Getty exhibition explores the use of the window throughout the history of photography

'Pop-up' specialist tribal art gathering returns to Gallery 28, Cork Street, in Mayfair

New Orleans Museum of Art announces Mel Buchanan as new RosaMary Curator of Decorative Arts

Dream of the Soft Look: Jason Bard Yarmosky's new solo exhibition opens at Bertrand Delacroix Gallery

Christie's announces 20th Century Decorative Art & Design Sale

Immersive and interactive installation by Japanese artist Tatsuo Miyajima on view at Lisson Gallery

The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston presents first museum survey of painter Amy Sillman

Wadsworth Atheneum appoints Oliver Tostmann as new Curator of European Art

Marc Labarbe discovers a rare painting from the sixteenth century

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Greece holds breath as skeleton found in Alexander the Great-era tomb at Amphipolis

2.- Spain mourns the death of art collector Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, Duchess of Alba

3.- Meet the ancestors: Exhibition at Bordeaux gallery reveals faces of prehistoric humans

4.- Getty Foundation and partners launch free of charge online art collection catalogues

5.- Historic photos of dead Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara resurface in small Spanish town

6.- Exhibition showcases the first two 'Poesie' created by Titian following their restoration

7.- O'Keeffe painting sells for more than three times the previous world auction record for any female artist

8.- Crystal Bridges announces the departure of museum President Don Bacigalupi

9.- artnet Auctions offers a later example of Yayoi Kusama's important Infinity-Nets series

10.- 'Degenerate art' should go back to museums: German advisor Jutta Limbach



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site