FREE | February 8–April 28, 2013

Commune with nature and cultivate your soul...

For thousands of years Chinese poets and painters have revered nature as a source of spiritual and artistic inspiration. In these ancient and modern landscape paintings, discover towering mountains and craggy cliffs, winding rivers and joyous fishermen, scholars composing poems or dreaming of immortals. Climb to half-hidden temples among dense forests, peer into mists and imagine infinity. And be encircled by the largest Chinese landscape ever created, The Law of the Dao Is Its Being What it Is.

Journey through Mountains and Rivers is a rare opportunity to view some of the Nelson-Atkins’ most celebrated Song Dynasty (960–1279) paintings, which, because of their fragility, will not be displayed again for ten years. It is also the first showing in the United States of Xu Longsen, one of China’s new generation of landscape painters.


Using traditional Chinese materials, Xu Longsen transforms ancient landscapes into modern forms to express the universal rhythms of nature. Discover his paintings in Kirkwood Hall G202 and G224. Visit a replica of his scholar's studio in G203 where he will be painting from February 9th–15th.

Xu Longsen, Chinese (b. Shanghai, 1956). Everlasting Wonderland, 2012. Ink on gold fan-shaped paper.

Xu Longsen, Chinese (b. Shanghai, 1956). The Law of the Dao Is Its Being What It Is, 2002–2008. Ink on paper.

Xu Longsen, Chinese, (b. Shanghai. 1956). The More Transparent, the Weightier (section), 2012. Hanging scroll, ink on paper.

Xu Longsen, Chinese, (b. Shanghai. 1956). Spring Emerging from Skillful Hands, 2012. Ink on gold paper.

Xu Longsen. Photo by Yang Xinli.

Map


Attributed to Li Cheng, Chinese (919–967 C.E.). A Solitary Temple Amid Clearing Peaks (section), Northern Song Dynasty (960–1127). Hanging scroll, ink and slight color on silk. Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust, 47–71.

Xu Daoning, Chinese (ca. 970–1052). Fishermen’s Evening Song (section), Northern Song Dynasty (960–1127). Handscroll, ink and slight color on silk. Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust, 33–1559.

Attributed to Ma Yuan, Chinese (active before 1190–after 1225). Composing Poetry on a Spring Outing (section), Southern Song Dynasty (1127–1279). Handscroll, ink and color on silk. Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust, 63–19.

Xia Gui, Chinese (active ca. 1180–1224). Twelve Views of Landscape (section), Southern Song Dynasty (1127–1279). Handscroll, ink on silk. Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust, 32–159/2.

Jiang Shen (active ca. 1090–1138). Verdant Mountains (section), Song Dynasty (960–1279). Handscroll, ink and slight color on silk. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri. Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust, 53–49.

Artist unknown, Winter Mountains (section), Chinese, 12th century, Song Dynasty (960–1127). Hanging scroll, ink on silk. Gift of John M. Crawford Jr. in honor of Lawrence Sickman, 79–9.

Sheng Mao, Chinese (active ca. 1330–1369). Enjoying Fresh Air in a Mountain Retreat (section), Yuan Dynasty (1279–1368). Hanging scroll, ink and color on silk. Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust, 35–173.

Taigu Yimin (unidentified artist). Traveling among Streams and Mountains (section), Chinese, early to mid-13th century, Jin Dynasty (1115–1234). Handscroll, ink on paper. Purchase: the Kenneth A. and Helen F. Spencer Foundation Acquisition Fund, F74–35.

Qiao Zhongchang, Chinese (active late 11th–early 12th century). Illustration to the Second Prose Poem on the Red Cliff (section), Northern Song Dynasty (960–1127). Handscroll, ink on paper. Purchase: Nelson Gallery Foundation, F80–5.




Programming

Artist Xu Longsen in the Scholar's Studio

Sat., Feb. 9, 10 a.m.–Noon; 1–3 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 10, 1–3 p.m.
Wed. through Fri., Feb. 13–15,
11 a.m.–Noon, 1–3 p.m.

Gallery 203

Thursday, February 21

Special Presentation
A Revolution in Chinese Art

Speaker: Marc Wilson, Director Emeritus
6–7 p.m. | Atkins Auditorium
Tickets

Saturday, February 23

Conservatory Connections: Music in the Galleries

Chinese Journeys, Traditional and New (Featuring the Students of Composer Chen Yi)
1:30 & 2:30 p.m. | Kirkwood Hall
Details

Friday, March 15

The Curator is IN!
A Journey through Mountains and Rivers

7–8 p.m. | Gallery 222
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Docent-led Tours

To schedule a tour for six or more, click here.


Museum Guides

Look for museum guides throughout the galleries for lively conversation.
Thursdays & Fridays, 6–9 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays, 1–4 p.m.

This exhibition is supported by The Donald J. Hall Initiative. View complete list of all donors to this initiative.