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The Gu family treasures - history through art reunited

By Richard Whiddington and Chen Ling( chinadaily.com.cn )

Updated: 2016-12-29

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The Gu family treasures - history through art reunited

Wang Jian's immersive (1598-1677) Fantasy Land in The Dream is a fine example of the many vivacious and important works of painting on display at the Suzhou Museum’s latest exhibition. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

The impression of the Gu family as laudable custodians is furthered by the officially-stamped letter pledging art to the government and the words of Gu Gongshuo, the museum's deputy curator during the 1960s, transferring books to Shanghai's foreign powers for safeguarding. Yet, in a modern and forward-thinking development, the Suzhou Museum also seeks to play its own conversation role.

"We are building a digital database, so we can upload recorded videos and audio files of lectures for the benefit of those who can't attend the museum themselves," said Li.

There is a finiteness to all exhibitions as suggested in the introductory caption one meets prior to the entering the exhibition. Its writer, the museum director Chen Ruijin, poetically muses that the world and its works of artistic beauty are as ephemeral as drifting clouds. For visitors, this sentiment lingers poignantly around the glass display cases given the likelihood that come mid-March these Gu family treasures will probably never inhabit the same space together again.

Time: Dec 13, 2016 to March 12, 2017; 09:00 - 17:00 daily (no admission after 16:00)

Ticket price: free

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