- USA & Canada
Escaping to a Better World: Eccentrics and Immortals in Chinese Art
The Cleveland Museum of Art
11150 East Boulevard,
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
May 13, 2022 To Nov 06, 2022
Detail: In times of a pandemic, migration crises, and frequent natural and humanitarian disasters, the theme of “Escaping to a Better World” may resonate with many of us. In fact, this idea has long been part of China’s culture, embedded in the country’s religious and philosophical thinking. China’s legendary eccentrics and immortals often exhibit unconventional appearances and behaviors, expressing supernatural power and a rejection of everyday norms. By doing this, they embody the longing for an ideal world.
This installation presents paintings, porcelain, and metalwork, all mediums in which these popular figures and their stories were depicted throughout the ages, including today.
Zhongli Quan Crossing the Ocean (detail)
1368–1644. Zhao Qi (Chinese, active early 1500s)|
Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk