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A Series of Artworks Donated to the National Art Museum of China: “Everlasting Beauty of Dunhuang—The Exhibition of Ms. Saône Chang's Study and Applications of Dunhuang Art” Raised the Curtain

Source: Time:2017-04-17

On the afternoon of March 8, 2017, organized by National Art Museum of China and Tsinghua University, A Series of Artworks Donated to the National Art Museum of China: “Everlasting Beauty of Dunhuang—The Exhibition of Ms. Saône Chang's Study and Applications of Dunhuang Art” raised the curtain in National Art Museum of China.
Ms. Saône Chang is a prestigious Chinese art designer and educator. She is also the daughter of the “Dunhuang Patron Saint”, Mr. Chang Shuhong. She cherishes her father’s unfulfilled wish, and devotes her life to the protection, research and education of Dunhuang Art. “A Series of Artworks Donated to National Art Museum of China consists of three units under different themes:“I Came from Paris”, “Lifelong Dedication to Dunhuang” and “Copying Dunhuang Art with Flaming Love”, and highlights Ms. Saône Chang’s artistic experience throughout different periods. This exhibition features different types of her artworks (such as fresco copying, flower painting and application design) accompanying with the detailed literatures, takes a panoramic view for Ms.Saône Chang’s art career and tells the stories on Ms. Saône Chang’s brilliant art life.
On the occasion of this exhibition, Saône Chang donates 24 personal artworks to the motherland. These masterpieces are permanently collected by the National Art Museum of China, including five copy artworks created in Dunhuang during her early years (representative artwork: Aparimitayur-sutra Illustration), 18 flower paintings and Transfiguration of Manjusri specifically created for this grand event. In order to achieve the realm of “true-to-life copying” and “remember the history and cherish original ambition”, 86-year-old Ms. Saône Chang overcame physical fatigue, prepared for top-quality paper and ink, and elaborately created two versions of Transfiguration of Manjusri under fine brushwork for two months from the late 2016 to the early 2017. Upon completion of these twin artworks, she donated them to the motherland. This deed symbolizes her lofty artistic realm and great support for the Chinese art collection undertaking. Representative of Ms. Saône Chang’s artistic creation during different periods, these two versions of Transfiguration of Manjusri will not only radiate its special flavor of the times and the artist’s creation chronicle, but also will boast profound historical significance, academic significance and artistic significance. Re-creation and donation of Transfiguration of Manjusri, which is a magnificent feat made by Ms. Saône Chang in 2017, will be also a highly-praised feat contributing to the national art collection. This will be remembered throughout the ages.
Venue: Hall 1, Hall 8 and Hall 9 of National Art Museum of China
Show Time: March 8, 2017-March 19, 2017
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