The Orchid Pavilion Gathering
Chinese Painting from
the University of Michigan Museum of Art

October 4–December 22, 2002
Main and Octagonal Galleries

New Members Preview
Friday, October 4, 5:00-5:30
In the Museum

Exhibition Reception
Friday, October 4, 5:30–7:30 pm
In the Museum

Events and Demonstrations
Friday, October 4, 7-9 p.m.
UVa International Center

In conjunction with the Museum's First Friday reception on October 4, the International Center is sponsoring its First Friday featuring ART IN CHINA.

UVa faculty presenting are: Professors John Israel (Aesthetics in Contemporary China), Yunsheng Huang (Architecture in Beijing), and Miao-fen Tseng (Formation of Chinese Characters from the Natural World).

The event is held at the International Residential College, Emmet Street at Sprigg Lane, next to Alumni Hall, 7-9 pm. 5 minute walk from the Art Museum or park at the Visitor's lot on Emmet Street.

All members of the community are welcome to attend this evening-long celebration of Chinese culture.

Weedon Lecture in the Arts of Asia
The Orchid Pavilion as Event, Artifact and Image
Dr. Robert E. Harrist, Jr., Jane and Leopold Swergold Professor of Chinese Art History, Columbia University
Thursday, November 7, 5:30 p.m.
Campbell Hall 153



Lang Shih-ning /Giuseppe Castiglione (Italian, 16881766)
attributed to Chinese, Ching dynasty, 16441911
Bird on a Bamboo Branch, 1688-1766
Folding fan on paper with an ink and color painting on one side and a long poem in ink on the verso
14 7/8 x 24 1/4 inches
Collection of the University of Michigan Museum of Art

The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive catalogue authored by Dr. Wu, which illustrates and discusses in depth the sixty works in the exhibition. The Orchid Pavilion Gathering: Chinese Painting from the University of Michigan Museum of Art was organized by the University of Michigan Museum of Art. The exhibition and its publication are made possible by Ford Motor Company. Presentation of the exhibition at the University of Virginia Art Museum is supported with a generous gift from Carol Angle and the Arts$ program.

Chinese painting is one of the most complex and profound of the arts of China. Dr. Marshall Wu, curator of the exhibition, explains that while painting traditionally has appealed to the educated, it "is inextricably entwined with Chinese history, literature, philosophy and religion." The outstanding collection of Chinese painting at the University of Michigan Museum of Art that Dr. Wu oversaw until his recent retirement provides an overview of hanging scrolls and hand scrolls from the twelfth century to the present, demonstrating the rich tradition and evolution of painting in China. The strength of this collection lies in the inclusion of rare works from the Ming and Ch’ing dynasties and the exploration of complex developments and internal relationships of major schools and styles of these periods.

The title, The Orchid Pavilion Gathering, is taken from a famous episode in Chinese history. One of the most enduring themes in Chinese painting, this legendary literary event -- an early spring festive gathering by a group of scholars during the Tsin dynasty (317–419)-- is the subject of an elegant hand scroll by the Ming dynasty (1368–1644) painter Sheng Mao-yeh (active 1594–1640).

The University of Virginia Art Museum is open
to the public without charge Tuesday through Sunday,
1 to 5 p.m. Limited parking is available for visitors
behind the museum.

For more information about the exhibition
or the University of Virginia Art Museum,
call (434) 924-3592.