TRAVEL Top Beijing exhibitions to visit during Spring Festival


Top Beijing exhibitions to visit during Spring Festival

17:54, February 03, 2019

Editor's note: Museums and art galleries in Beijing have prepared choice exhibitions for visitors to celebrate the upcoming Spring Festival, or Chinese Lunar New Year, which falls on Feb. 5 this year. Based on a 12-year cycle, each lunar year in the cycle has an animal symbol and 2019 marks the Year of the Pig. The following exhibitions will present how Chinese people celebrate the new year and why pigs are seen as the symbol of wealth in Chinese culture.

1. The Palace Museum

Exhibition: Han Meilin: Chinese Zodiac Art Exhibition

Location: Hall of Literary Brilliance (Wenhua Dian)

Dates: Jan. 6 -Feb. 20, 2019

This exhibition presents Han Meilin's depictions of the Chinese Zodiac (also known as Sheng Xiao, the twelve animals) in painting, calligraphy, sculpture, ceramics, purple clay pottery, wood carving, ironwork, furniture and folk art.

(Photo/The Palace Museum)

2. The Palace Museum

Exhibition: Celebrating the Spring Festival in the Forbidden City

Location: Meridian Gate (Wu Men)

Dates: Jan. 6 - Apr. 7, 2019

This exhibition presents the holiday theme with a showcase of historical art in the Meridian Gate's central and wing galleries and with festive decorations throughout the Forbidden City.

(Photo/The Palace Museum)

3. National Museum of China

Exhibition: Chinese Lunar New Year Exhibition

Location: Gallery S7

Dates: Jan. 29 - Mar. 3, 2019

The National Museum of China invited 54 famous calligraphers to create Spring Festival couplets for the exhibition, and also presents ancient paintings to let viewers feel the depth of Chinese traditional culture.

(Photo/National Museum of China)

4. Capital Museum

Exhibition: Harmony and Good Harvest: Celebrating the Spring Festival in the Year of Pig

Location: Waterscape Courtyard

Dates: Jan. 29 - Mar. 17, 2019

To celebrate the Year of the Pig, this exhibition presents a series of ancient collections with the same theme of the pig, such as jade, pottery, bronze, and paintings.

(Photo/Capital Museum)

5. National Art Museum of China

Exhibition: Beauty in Landscape: NAMOC Collected Landscape Works Exhibition

Location: Halls 1-10

Dates: Jan. 22 - Feb. 24, 2019

The exhibition displays 300 pieces of landscape art works NAMOC has collected since the founding of the People's Republic of China. They cover the categories of traditional Chinese painting, oil painting, print, watercolor and sculpture.

(Photo/National Art Museum of China)

6. Beijing Fine Art Academy

Exhibition: Elegance &Savour: Life, Wisdom and Art in Chinese Culture

Location: Art Museum F1-4

Dates: Jan. 29 - Feb. 28, 2019

The exhibition selects more than 110 classics of calligraphy and painting from the art museum collections to present the Spring Festival culture in ancient and modern China.

(Photo/Beijing Fine Art Academy)

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