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The School of Shanghai Arrives in Paris

From 08 March 2013 to 30 June 2013

Paintings and calligraphy from Shanghai 1840 - 1920

The Musée Cernuschi, a museum focused on Asian arts, is currently presenting a special exhibition in collaboration with the Museum of Shanghai. The exhibition includes the works of the School of Shanghai and enables visitors to learn about an important period for Chinese history and art.

During the 19th century, the Qing Dynasty, shaken by the Taiping revolts and the military threats coming from the West, could no longer withstand the political and economic pressures they were facing. The imperial system was driven to bankruptcy and the Jiangnan region in the south of China became the stage for armed conflict that ravaged nearby cities.

The community of artists that had participated in the cultural uplifting of these cities in the 18th century were quickly dispersed. As a result, many painters and calligraphers ended up in Shanghai, where they began to develop a new culture, drawing influence from their previous experiences.

Within the context of this tumultuous history, the School of Shanghai (1840 - 1920) became the force behind a rebirth of Chinese art, characterized by the liberation of lines and the use of colors. Visitors can now come to the Musée Cernuschi to learn about these historical events and see the artwork that resulted from them.