Splendor and Beauty - The Archaeological Finds in Recent 20 Years in China
May 18, 2017 - August 27, 2017 9:00 - 17:00 (closed on Mondays) Room B, F1
——Exhibition Overview——

Origin of the Exhibition "Splendor and Beauty"

Archaeological work has witnessed a golden age in the past 30 years or so following introduction of policy reform and opening up. Attributed to new technologies and concepts, and to the advent of large-scale infrastructure, many finds have been recorded and publicly acknowledged; the exhibition of "Splendid Finds: The Archaeological Excavations at the Royal Cemetery of Haihunhou Kingdom in Han Dynasty" is one of them. In fact, from 1990 to 1996, the State Administration of Cultural Heritage held four exhibitions of Chinese art treasures to inform the public about the archaeological finds and exquisite cultural relics. However, since 1996 no such exhibition has been held. Therefore, from the end of last year, the Administration launched an exhibition of archaeological finds covering the preceding two decades.

Significance of the Exhibition "Splendor and Beauty"

This exhibition is co-organized by the Art Exhibitions China and the Capital Museum. Planning work started at the end of last year, and exhibits were carefully selected, so as to represent the top 10 national archaeological finds. It is our wish that, through this magnificent exhibition, visitors can acquire a full understanding of the splendid Chinese culture and exquisite relics, as well as some knowledge of the cultural, State and national identities that underlie aesthetic phenomenon.

Meaning of "Beauty and Splendor"

Beauty is an inherent pursuit of Chinese people, which can be seen from cultural relics of all past ages. And splendor is the highest level of beauty. The "Harmonious Beauty" and "Harmonious Splendor" in Chinese history represent ancient people’s incremental knowledge and changing views of beauty and splendor, now revealed from an in-depth cultural perspective through these archaeological finds.

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