Asia in Summer Colours
National Gallery in Prague – Kinský Palace (Národní galerie v Praze – palác Kinských), Staroměstské náměstí 12, Praha 1 - Staré Město, 110 00
- 6. 6. 2017 – 10. 9. 2017
The rotation of the permanent exhibition of the Collection of Art of Asia and Africa is conceived in summer motifs. The summer atmosphere is reflected in plant motifs, such as Pods and a Butterfly by Ōide Tōkō (1841–1905), but also in figural and social themes, such as the actor Yamashita Kinsaku in the role of a fan vendor in a portrait by Torii Kiyomasu (1706–1763). The connection of a decorative folding screen with the modern calligraphic scroll glorifying hydrangea blossoms is another genre combination. The summer rotation of the Chinese painting room offers a major artwork of old Chinese painting in the collections of the National Gallery in Prague – the longitudinal scroll The Island of Baoshan attributed to the Ming master Wen Zhengming. The artwork is executed in archaizing green and blue colours evoking a lush summer landscape and its sensual effect. Also displayed are three modern Chinese paintings, including Fish by Qi Baishi, masterfully painted in the frugal ink technique. Gauri Ragini, a romantic theme of Indian painting, presents a woman awaiting her lover under a blossoming tree. This painting from the second half of the 18th century was done in the circle of local Mughal schools, probably in Avadh in northern India.