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“Landscapes of the Mind: Masterpieces from Tate Britain 1700-1980” at Shanghai Museum

“Landscape with Rainbow, Henley-on-Thames,” c. 1690 Jan Siberechts (1627-c.1700) Oil on canvas 819×1029mm Tate: Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1967
(Courtesy: Shanghai Museum)

The Shanghai Museum is currently hosting an exhibition titled “Landscapes of the Mind: Masterpieces from Tate Britain 1700-1980.”

The exhibition showcases a collection of landscapes by various masters borrowed from the collection of Tate Britain. According to the museum’s website, “This exhibition not only records the evolution and development of British landscape art from the 18th century to the 20th century, but also provides an opportunity to compare the ‘picturesque,’ ‘sublime’ and other subjects of landscape art, to detect the trend of traveling and the development of literature and theater, and to observe the impact of industrial revolution, urbanization and global war on the landscapes. These past geniuses created great works, and what we see in the frames is not only the beautiful sceneries of Britain and other nations, but also windows for us to understand the Western art, culture and history. It is over 120 years since the founding of Tate Britain whose extensive collection of landscape paintings is world-renowned. Its collection includes the essence of Turner’s works (famous English romantic painter), which is undoubtedly the best in the world.”

Tate Britain is the oldest gallery in the network, having opened in 1897. It houses a substantial collection of the art of the United Kingdom since Tudor times, and in particular has large holdings of the works of J. M. W. Turner, who bequeathed all his own collection to the nation. It is one of the largest museums in the country. Tate Britain is the national gallery of British art from 1500 to the present day. As such, it is the most comprehensive collection of its kind in the world (only the Yale Center for British Art can claim similar expansiveness, but with less depth). More recent artists featured at Tate Britain include David Hockney, Peter Blake and Francis Bacon.

Founded in 1952, the Shanghai Museum has a collection of over 120,000 pieces, including bronze, ceramics, calligraphy, furniture, jades, ancient coins, paintings, seals, sculptures, minority art and foreign art. The Shanghai Museum houses several items of national importance, including one of three extant specimens of a “transparent” bronze mirror from the Han Dynasty.

The exhibition will be on view through August 5, 2018, at Shanghai Museum, 201 Renmin Ave, RenMin GuangChang, Huangpu Qu, China, 200000.

For details visit: http://www.shanghaimuseum.net

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.

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