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Mountains and streams
Chinese paintings from the NGV collection

Ruita Zang Chinese river landscape 1628 (detail), National Gallery of Victoria, purchased 1994

The wise find pleasure in water
The virtuous find pleasure in mountains.

- The analects of Confucius (c6th-5th century BCE)

This exhibition draws upon material from the National Gallery of Victoria’s important collection of Asian art.

It includes objects from the 14th to the 21st century, such as landscapes or 'mountains and streams’ depicted in paintings on scrolls and on porcelains, Daoist mountains carved in jade, cosmic bronze mountains as well as black-and-white photographs of sacred mountains in China. It also includes so-called 'dream stones’ – marble plaques evocative of misty mountains.

National Gallery of Victoria touring exhibition

29 Nov 2007 – 10 Feb 2008

Free admission

Upper Asian gallery