Friday, Nov 13, 2020 at 12:00pm
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Close looking is at the heart of Chinese painting and calligraphy. In premodern China, painters and calligraphers learned by copying, a practice that required heightened observation of details. In the process, they also learned how to look—how to detect fine distinctions of ink tone, saturation, and line. Only after years of this type of intense looking could a person be considered a true expert.
This exhibition will encourage such looking by displaying original artworks alongside photographic enlargements of their details. The magnified details draw attention to subtleties of brushwork, texture, and line that may escape a viewer at first glance. Ultimately, the enlargements draw us back to the original, revealing the rewards that close looking can offer.
On view in two rotations will be some of the most celebrated works of Chinese painting and calligraphy from the Museum's collection.
Exhibition Date: January 25, 2020 - November 22, 2020
Location: The Met Fifth Avenue in Galleries 210–216
For visitors from outside New York State:
Seniors (65 and over): $17
Members and Patrons: Free
Children (under 12): Free
For New York State residents and NY, NJ, CT students, the amount you pay is up to you.
If you wish to pay less than the general admission ticket prices, you may purchase your ticket at one of The Met's locations with a valid ID. All admission tickets include entry to exhibitions as well as same-day entry to both Met locations.
Wednesday, Nov 18, 2020 at 7:00pm Eastern Time
WEBINAR hosted by Chinatown Manpower (conducted in Mandarin Chinese)
Thursday, Oct 22, 2020 at 1:00pm Eastern Time
Thursday, Oct 22, 2020 at 7:30pm Eastern Time