Restrained Lustre: Chinese Jades from the Cissy and Robert Tang Collection
The exhibition features 109 Chinese jades from the Cissy and Robert Tang collection, spanning from Neolithic times to late Qing period, focuses especially upon personal ornaments, human-like sculptures and literati accoutrements. This special exhibition not only highlights the collector’s taste and preference for Chinese ancient jades, but also illustrates a vivid relationship between jade and humans who used it to express their spiritual beliefs, social values and personal sentiments over thousands of years. The exhibits are showcased alongside Chinese furniture, paintings and calligraphy from the same collection, attempting to evoke a quiet and contemplative space in which traditional Chinese literati enjoy their acquisitions alone or with like-minded friends.
Heavenly Crafted: Mughal Jades from the Palace Museum
We will also see the 40 extraordinary pieces of Mughal jades on loan from the Palace Museum in Beijing. This will be the first special exhibition on the subject to be held in Hong Kong and Mainland China, with most of the pieces exhibited for the first time.
The exhibition aims to reveal the artistic achievement of Mughal jades, their origins and mutual influences with the art of jade-carving in Central Asia as well as China, and the characteristics of Qing dynasty jades in the Mughal style.
Dr. Xu Xiaodong worked as keeper and researcher at the Palace Museum, Beijing from 2007-2013. Her research interests include history of Chinese jade, gold and silver, amber, imperial arts of the Ming and Qing dynasties and artistic interactions between ancient China and the West. She is currently Associate Director of the Art Museum, Associate Professor (by courtesy) of the Fine Arts Department, the Chinese University of Hong Kong.