The Wallace Collection, London

The Wallace Collection是间和大英博物馆同级别的国家博物馆,原本是Wallace家族遗产,后来整体捐赠给了英国政府,作为博物馆免费开放给公众参观。捐赠的条件是保持收藏的完整性,不可以增加收藏品,也不可以出售或出借任何收藏品。所以你如果不亲自来这里是绝对看不到The Wallace Collection的任何藏品的。

The Wallace Collection收藏了大量的法国宫廷(路易14、路易15、路易16)器具,例如家具、油画、瓷器、生活用品等,每个房间都令人惊艳,仿佛到了法国凡尔赛宫。因为法国大革命后,把路易16皇宫的东西都拍卖掉了,许多来到了英国。

The Wallace Collection的盔甲、兵器收藏也是一绝,数量庞大惊人,精美无比。另外,油画精品也是不少,其中很多都是Wallace花了极高价格拍卖得来,而自己看都没看过一眼。正所谓:有钱就是任性。Wallace先生当时是欧洲首富,想要什么都买得到,常常以极高出价击败国家美术馆等其他买家。但他常年住在巴黎,所以名画买了就直接放在伦敦束之高阁。

The Wallace Collection几乎每天中午前后都有免费导览活动,详情可参考官网,或者向前台咨询。

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British Museum




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Metropolitan Museum of Art – Asian Art

The Met‘s Asian department holds a collection of Asian art, of more than 35,000 pieces, that is arguably the most comprehensive in the US. The collection dates back almost to the founding of the museum: many of the philanthropists who made the earliest gifts to the museum included Asian art in their collections. Today, an entire wing of the museum is dedicated to the Asian collection, and spans 4,000 years of Asian art. Every Asian civilization is represented in the Met’s Asian department, and the pieces on display include every type of decorative art, from painting and printmaking to sculpture and metalworking. The department is well known for its comprehensive collection of Chinese calligraphy and painting, as well as for its Nepalese and Tibetan works. However, not only “art” and ritual objects are represented in the collection; many of the best-known pieces are functional objects. The Asian wing also contains a complete Ming Dynasty-style garden court, modeled on a courtyard in the Garden of the Master of the Fishing Nets in Suzhou.

Metropolitan Museum of Art
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A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Prints

Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
May 7, 2016 to November 27, 2016

Four hundred years ago in Japan, male youths, called wakashu, were the objects of sexual desire for women and men. Creating a third gender, wakashu looked different from both women and adult men and played distinct social and sexual roles.

The exhibition, A Third Gender, explores the complex system of sexual desire and social expectation from 1603 to 1868 in Edo Japan. Featuring stunning woodblock prints, paintings, illustrated books, kimono, and armour, it tells a pivotal story in the history of human sexuality. Unsettling contemporary North American values, A Third Gender invites you to think differently about gender and sexuality.
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Royal Ontario Museum: Gallery of Chinese Architecture

Royal Ontario Museum has the largest collection of Chinese architectural artifacts outside of China.

China’s iconic architectural style is as old as the civilization itself. Throughout, connections and oppositions between Yang-houses (architecture for the living) and Yin-houses (architecture for the dead) intertwine through the Chinese concept of geomancy, or fengshui. Imperial buildings were distinct from those for common living; each planned, built and adorned in different ways to satisfy requirements for form, function and ritual.

China’s legacy of building and architecture is told through the largest and best collection of Chinese architectural artifacts outside of China. The mighty Ming Tomb, the Tombs of Han and Tang, and the reconstruction of a corner of a Chinese Imperial Palace building are focal points of a collection that includes architectural features, embellishments, statuary and more.
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