Exhibition

亞 歐堂 meet asian art: Of Dragons, Unicorns and Moon Rabbits Animal and Mythical Creatures in Ancient China

From 24 October 2019

Opening: Wed, 23 October 2019

The world of creatures is one of the most fascinating aspects of China’s visual culture. When the art of the Middle Kingdom began taking visible reality increasingly into account some 2,500 years ago, the depiction of nature – and in particular animals – became one of the most important forms of expression.

Yet fictional/mythical beings appear more frequently than representations of real fauna. Mirroring two thousand years of Chinese cultural and intellectual history, this presentation will feature selected examples, made in a wide range of materials, from the extensive Asian collection of the Museum Angewandte Kunst.

Curator: Dr Stephan von der Schulenburg