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Renwen Lecture: The Men behind the Rise of MET’s Asian Art Department

June 5, 2020 @ 8:00 pm

| Free

In celebrating the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Renwen Society presents a lecture on the forces that helped make MET’s Asian art collection one of the finest in the world.

MET’s Department of Asian Art collection includes notable paintings such as Night-Shining White by Tang Dynasty’s Han Gan, Riverbank by Southern Tang’s Dong Yuan, Finches and Bamboo by Emperor Song Huizong, the Astor Court, an exquisite Chinese Scholar’s Garden, and copious amount of ceramics, bronzeware, jade, and stone carvings.

How did the MET Museum acquire these coveted antiques? Many names are Inscribed on the walls of The Department of Asian Art at the MET, one of which is “C. C. Wang” How did this family contribute to the department? What is the connection of Mr. Wango Weng, former President of China Institute, with the MET, and what artworks did he contribute to the museum?

The MET Museum started with only an idea, and through generations of hard work, was able to achieve its unparallel scale today. Its acquisitions of Chinese art provide a peek into an aspect of the museum’s history.

A former art history lecturer at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, the speaker Chen Rubin is an art history scholar who has written over 400 articles for the art section of the China Press.

Free, but advanced registration is requested. This event will be conducted in Mandarin, Chinese.


大都会博物馆亚洲部的墙壁上铭刻着很多名字,大家可能知道有个房间刻着“C. C. Wang Family Collection”,也就是“王己千家族收藏”,王己千究竟为大都会博物馆亚洲部作了哪些贡献?






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June 5, 2020
8:00 pm
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