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.