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Earth, Sea and Sky - Masterpieces from the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Though the reservoir of fine Chinese art held across Beijing’s many illustrious museums is arguably the richest of any global city, few museums anywhere in the world can match the scope of celebrated western works held by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Luckily for BJ’s art buffs, jumping a plane state-side is no longer the only way to appreciate this world-renowned cache, with the city’s National Museum of China currently drawing from 12 of The Met’s 17 curatorial departments in the star-studded Earth, Sea and Sky exhibition on show until May 9.
Given the collection covers a broad range of media (including painting, sculpture and decorative arts) as well as time periods (four millennia), the central theme of nature was chosen because of its relevance across eras and cultures. The show comprises 7 sections, including ‘Nature Idealized’, featuring inspired works such as Asher B. Durand’s Scene from “Thanatopsis”; ‘The Human Presence in Nature’, such as Renoir’s Figures on the Beach; ‘Animals’, like Francois Pompon’s marble Polar Bear sculpture; plus works inspired by ‘Flowers and Gardens’, ‘Nature in the Camera Lens’, ‘Earth and Sky’ and our ‘Watery World’. Get in quick to get back to nature!