I managed to catch the Masterpieces of Chinese Painting show at the V&A just before it closed. The image shows Xu Bing’s Travelling to the Wonderland in the John Madejski garden which kind of brings the show up to the contemporary era, missing out everything between 1900 and 2014!
Extract from the post on my a-n blog:
Having seen the Mira Schendel show at Tate earlier in the month and her use of transparent rice paper, in particular, I got very excited at this show by the Bodhisattva in Monastic Dress Standing at Prayer (c.950), painted on both sides and using to the full the transparency of the silk on which it is painted in gold and red hues. I love it when these connections accross cultures and art forms present themselves to the eye, mind and heart.
Afterwards I had lunch in China Town with my parents and bought some supplies from the Chinese bookshop in Shaftesbury avenue.