New York City, NY
Mountains, in Chinese legends, are the pillars that hold up the sky. Mountains were seen as places that nurture life. Their veneration took the form of rituals, retreat from social society, and aesthetic appreciation through art of their vast beauty– some of the many ways that nature played and continues to play a defining role in Chinese culture. Indeed, mountains can be seen as a backbone for Chinese cultural and artistic expression, having inspired forms and traditions across place and time.
This exhibition will present the geography, history, culture, life, and art that is associated with or derived from mountains. Consisting of three sections: The Lofty Mountains: The Famous Mountains of China 高山仰止, will introduce the geography, history, legends, and cultures that are associated with famous Chinese mountains; The Pure Sound of Landscape: The Mountains and Chinese Landscape Aesthetic 山水清音, will introduce the renowned Chinese landscape painting aesthetic and how it influenced contemporary photography; and The New Landscape Photography 新山水摄影, will showcase photographers using photography and post-photographic visual affects to express their thoughts on the role of mountains in society.
This exhibition will present over 60 photographs by more than 20 contemporary photographers, including Wang Wusheng 汪芜生, Lei Zhenliang 雷振梁, Sun Jinqiang 孙晋强, Lu Hao 卢浩, Yao Lu姚璐, Taca 塔可, Yan Zhangjiang 颜长江 and Xiao Xuan’an 肖萱安.
Credit: Exhibition overview from the China Institute website