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CHINA | CHINA: Perceptions & Reflections

14 May 2008


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An exhibition exploring the traditions and culture of China, curated by UCL MA Museum Studies students, opens today at UCL.

'CHINA | CHINA: Perceptions & Reflections' will display the artwork, discoveries and thoughts of Chinese and international artists, photographers, archaeologists and missionaries with the aim of investigating China's past, present and future from an international perspective.

The exhibition is organised along four themes:
•    'Discovery' considers China's sphere of influence, exploration and invention; and its interaction with the outside world
•    'Expression' explores Chinese art and culture
•    'Changing Landscapes' looks at the environment and landscape of China  
•    'Body and Spirit' focuses on the people of China and the factors that shape them. 

Highlights include a wooden 'ancestor tablet' accompanied by Chinese 'hell money', a 1930s 'Shanghai Lady' poster and a jade axe head.

CHINA | CHINA is being organised in association with the UCL Institute of Archaeology and will showcase objects from UCL Collections and Museums.

The exhibition is partnered and sponsored by China Now, the UK's largest ever festival of Chinese culture. The curating team was awarded a grant of £2,000 by Norton Rose LLP, the international legal practice, as part of the festival.

CHINA | CHINA is housed in UCL's North Cloisters, Wilkins Building, and will run until 14 May 2009. Entry is free and the exhibition is open from 9am-6pm, Monday to Saturday.

UCL is hosting a number of events in 2008 in conjunction with China Now - a nationwide festival of Chinese culture - to celebrate and promote UCL's strong relationship with China. Find out more here.