Exhibition: Longing for Nature – Reading Landscapes in Chinese Art (Museum Rietberg)

Date of event:   11/09/2020 − 17/01/2021

Exhibition title: Longing for Nature – Reading Landscapes in Chinese Art
Duration: 11 September 2020 to 17 January 2021
Location: Museum Rietberg, Zurich, Switzerland

Mountains and streams, trees and clouds have been at the heart of Chinese painting for a thousand years. They have become the epitome of Chinese art and culture and inspire artists to this day.

The exhibition introduces viewers to Chinese landscape painting, discloses its many meanings, and reveals its hidden messages. It provides insight into China’s culture, philosophy, and literature, while at the same time addressing a highly topical issue that transcends national boundaries, namely the relationship between humankind and nature. For the first time an exhibition juxtaposes historical masterpieces with landscape representations by internationally renowned modern and contemporary artists. The dialogue between past and present reveals surprising links, but also ruptures and conflicts.

The show presents ninety works from six centuries, including paintings, installations, and video works. In addition to highlights from the Drenowatz Collection of the Museum Rietberg, the exhibition also features important loans from leading European museums and rarely exhibited works from private holdings.

For more information about the exhibition please visit the website here.