In the beginning of the Lunar New Year, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is presenting “Where the Truth Lies: The Art of Qiu Ying” art exhibition from February 9th to May 17th, 2020. Among the 60 pieces of Qiu Ying related artworks, “Playing a Ruan in the Shade of a Pine” and “Viewing the Pass List”, borrowed from the Taipei National Palace Museum, present two very different types of painting styles, such as “ink-paint profound scholar” and “filling in colors on images of groups of characters”. This is the very first time for the two pieces to be exhibited outside of Taiwan. People are welcome to check out the collection of the Taipei National Palace Museum.
In the year of 1996 and 1997, the National Palace Museum had a touring exhibition of “Splendors of Imperial China: Treasures from the National Palace Museum, Taipei” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and National Gallery of Art in DC. Two decades later, the National Palace Museum came back to the United Stated in 2016 with the exhibition: “Emperors’ Treasures: Chinese Art from The National Palace Museum, Taipei” at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and the Museum of Fina Arts, Houston, and it made a hit back. This year, the National Palace Museum comes back again and joins the Qiu Ying exhibition at LACMA. Even though there are only two pieces coming from Taiwan, they will present in different forms, topics, and styles of artworks. It is believed that the two pieces will be the main focus that draws people’s attention on their first ever international showcase.
Painter Qiu Ying (c. 1494 - c. 1552) was one of the most significant artists in the Ming dynasty. He was good at painting people, landscapes, flowers, and known for his detailed style of painting, with the grace and charm temperament. There are more than twenty high-quality pieces of Qiu Ying’s artwork in the Taipei National Palace Museum, and there were several large Qiu Ying-titled exhibitions that gained high level of recognition. The Qiu Ying art exhibition at LACMA is a rare chance to see the two pieces from the National Palace Museum in Taipei, and everyone is welcomed to come!