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Art Gallery Private Viewing | Heaven and earth in Chinese art: treasures from the National Palace Museum.

A rare opportunity to see some of the highest artistic achievements across 5000 years of Chinese history

Date : Wednesday 1st May

Timing: Meet in front foyer 5:30pm and go to Art After Hours Pop Up Bar (pay your own drinks)

Tour commences at 6pm

Cost: $20 per person


The National Palace Museum, Taipei, holds one of the finest collections of Chinese art in the world. Accumulated by emperors over centuries, this collection was, for hundreds of years, accessible only to the imperial elite. It is now rarely seen outside Taipei.

Celebrating the rich heritage of Chinese civilisation through the ancient concept of tian ren he yi — unity or harmony between heaven, nature and humanity – Heaven and earth in Chinese art presents a series of 87 artworks including paintings, calligraphy, illustrated books, bronzes, ceramics, jade and wood carvings, dating from the Neolithic period to the 19th century.

This is the first time the collection has travelled to the southern hemisphere and it is unlikely to be seen in Australia again. The Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney is the exclusive venue.

The tour will be hosted by Harvard alumn, Yin Cao.

Yin Cao has been the Curator of Chinese Art at AGNSW since August, 2011. Prior to that she was the Assistant Director at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology at Peking University, Beijing, China, and a researcher at the University Museum of the National University of Singapore. Trained as an archaeologist at Peking University and Harvard University, she has participated several archaeological excavations both in China and Israel. She has curated several exhibitions including: the inaugural exhibition at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology at Peking University (1993); “A Silk Road Saga-the sarcophagus of Yu Hong” (2013), and “Tang: treasures from the Silk Road capital” (2016), and “Heaven and earth in Chinese art: treasures from National Palace Museum, Taipei”. She edited and written catalogues for theses exhibitions.

There is a ticketed lecture that night on after the tour (7:30-8:30pm) by Dr Jay Xu, Director of San Francisco Asian Art Museum, on the history of the NPM’s collection.

More details on the exhibition

John McDonald’s review on the exhibition in Spectrum