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Interpreting the origins of world through figure images on Chinese myths

Asked how the world came into being, some people would probably refer to the Greek gods like Gaea and Eros.

However, an exhibition titled “Creating the World — Figure Images on Chinese Myths Interpreting the Origins of the World,” which is under way at Pearl Art Museum, would revive China’s ancient tales and legends.

According to the organizers, the exhibition is a solid base to reflect the philosophical and world values of the Chinese nation, as it is one part of the project “Creating the World — Literary and Artistic Works on Chinese Myths Interpreting the Origins of the World” that kicked off in 2015.

The state-sponsored cultural project intends to glorify the fountainhead of a civilization that is at once original and independent via a wide array of art forms, including picture books, cinematic and video products, stage performances and academic publications.

The exhibition selects 85 figure prints of the 13 most important Chinese ancestors. Some images are prints from the rubbings of coffin chambers and sarcophagi from the Han (206 BC-AD 220) and Jin (AD 265-420) dynasties, some from murals at ancient temples, and others depicted in illustrations and books that have passed down for centuries. For example, Nuwa, a Chinese goddess who set to patch the holes in the heaven with stone blocks in five colors, has different images at the exhibitions.

Date: Through February 12, 10am-10pm

Venue: Center of Light Space at Pearl Art Museum

Address: 7F, 1588 Wuzhong Road



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