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Winter Variations

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Staroměstské náměstí 606/12, 110 00 Praha-Praha 1, Česká republika
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Date: 06.12.2016 - 05.03.2017
Place: Kinský Palace

The exhibition The Art of Asia has been modified to reflect the upcoming season. The Chinese artworks selected for the winter 2016/2017 include several winter landscapes, one of the most popular genres in Chinese painting, as well as the precious anonymous portrait of a man in winter outfit from the collection of Chinese ancestral portraits. The genre of flower and bird painting is represented by the theme known as “three friends of winter,” in which the pine, the bamboo and the plum tree refer to moral pureness and resilience of a scholar. Other winter themed paintings, such as Qi Baishi's Pine and the delicate Snowbound Landscape by the last of the Chinese literati painters, Pu Xinyu, come from the National Gallery's unique collection of Chinese painting.   

Alterations in the graphic part of the exhibition of Japanese art are also largely devoted to winter motifs, which appear in iconography, decor, calligraphy and landscape. The exhibition of Japanese Buddhist art presents pairs of scrolls depicting the wind god, Fujin and the god of winter storm, Raijin. In the exhibition of Japanese paintings and prints, the visitor can view Sugakudo's Wren Sitting on a Winter Peony, a winter variation on the flower and bird genre, and Eizan's Courtesan Oyodo in the allegory of the Evening Snow on the Bindweed. The popular “beautiful maidens” motif can be admired in its quintessential form on Buzen's screen from the turn of the 19th century, which depicts Rafu-sen and five other beauties under the snow-covered pine. Kiyochika's scene from the Sino-Japanese war provides an interesting “journalistic” view of the winter landscape. 

The exhibition of the art of southern and south-eastern Asia presents six Indian miniatures – genre scenes from the circle of eighteenth-century Mughal painting and paintings from Jaipur depicting scenes from Hindu mythology. The newly installed Tibetan thangkas represent both wrathful and peaceful deities, as well as important figures of Tibetan Buddhism. Of special notice is the Jataka, the depiction of stories from Buddha's previous lives, originally from the collection of Vojtěch Chytil. 

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