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Cincinnati Art Museum We are so ready to see this #WorkoftheWeek in person at the end of this month! Beyond Pop Art: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective opens October 31st, be sure to mark your calendar for this exciting exhibition! For more information, visit the exhibition page: http://www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org/explore/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions/details/747-beyond-pop-art-a-tom-wesselmann-retrospective Image Credit: Tom Wesselmann (American, b.1931, d.2004) Still Life #35, 1963 oil and collage on canvas 120 x 192 in. Lent by Claire Wesselmann. © Estate of Tom Wesselmann/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY, Photo Credit: Jeffrey Sturges 5 hour ago via Facebook

Past Exhibitions

Roaring Tigers, Leaping Carp: Decoding the Symbolic Language of

October 09, 2009 to January 03, 2010

Roaring Tigers, Leaping Carp: Decoding the Symbolic Language of Chinese Animal Painting is a ground-breaking exhibition of approximately one hundred Chinese paintings and objects depicting birds, fish, tigers, and horses.

 

Organized by the Cincinnati Art Museum, the exhibition features works selected from major museums in both the United States and Asia, including the National Palace Museum, Taipei, The Palace Museum, Beijing, and the Shanghai Museum.

 

Based on a recently completed research project by Curator of Asian Art, Prints, and Drawings Hou-mei Sung, the exhibition shows the evolution of the sophisticated symbolic language of Chinese animal paintings and reveals why Chinese animal images represent distinct symbolic values and narratives. Throughout the exhibition, viewers will see how a complex visual language evolved out of each animal symbol, and how this language can be decoded to reveal rich stories about Chinese history, cultural traditions, and philosophical systems.

 

CATALOGUE

Roaring Tigers, Leaping Carp: Decoding the Symbolic Language of Chinese Animal Painting is accompanied by a full color catalogue published by Yale University Press. Authored by Curator of Asian Art, Hou-mei Sung, each chapter discusses in-depth the evolving symbolic language of different animals, including the eagle, crane, wild goose, pheasant, dove, phoenix, dragon, tiger, horse and fish. The catalogue is available both in hardcover ($75) and soft cover ($55) and can be purchased at the Cincinnati Art Museum Shop or by calling (513) 639-2959.

 

EXHIBITION SPONSORS

Presenting Sponsor:
Elizabeth and Rowe Hoffman

 

Supporting Sponsors:
The Blakemore Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts

 

Fine Arts Fund Partners:
GE Aviation Group
Convergys Corporation

 

The Cincinnati Art Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of PNC Bank for their generous support of Roaring Tigers, Leaping Carp: Decoding the Symbolic Language of Chinese Animal Painting.

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