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When copying art becomes an art form itself

MASTERPIECES that have been collected by major museums throughout China go on display tomorrow at the Caves Art Center.

Well, they look exactly like the masterpieces but are different.

They have been meticulously crafted by Zhang Peichun, a veteran artist who has collaborated closely with leading museums across the country.

"I was asked by the museums to make replicas of some national treasures. Due to the erosion of times, some are in very poor condition," says Zhang. "The work provided a rare opportunity to study these national treasures closely - many art lovers would truly envy me."

However, the work is not just about joy.

The true selection of colors, brushwork and even the texture of the worn rice-paper on delicate silk demands cautious treatment and a great deal of experience.

Some even say that Zhang's copies could fool experts.

"I hope to unveil the mysteries of these masterpieces to ordinary people," Zhang explains. "Some might even be able to afford to buy them."

One of the highlights of Zhang's work is a piece entitled "Cold Forest in Snowfield" originally painted by Fan Kuan from the Song Dynasty (960-1279).

This masterpiece now in the Tianjin Museum features a cluster of mountains, forests, valleys and temples. Fan amazingly merged wild and intricate brushstrokes to create different shades and texture.

The painting had previously been kept in the Summer Palace and was only viewed by the emperor.

Date: March 29-April 5 (opening at 3pm on March 28), 10am-6pm

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