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Bronze Age Chinese art comes to life in an exhibition in San Francisco – China.org.cn

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A visitor views an exhibit at a major exhibition of Chinese cultural relics from the Chinese Bronze Age in San Francisco, California, the United States, April 19, 2024. (Xinhua/Wu Xiaoling)

A major exhibition of Chinese cultural relics from the Chinese Bronze Age opened in San Francisco, California, on Friday.

The exhibition, titled “Phoenix Kingdoms: The Last Splendor of China’s Bronze Age,” features more than 260 works from China’s ancient Chu and Zeng kingdoms in the multi-state Zhou dynasty.

The exhibition, held at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, brings to life the prominent Bronze Age cultures that flourished 3,000 years ago along the Yangzi River, a cradle of Chinese civilization.

This is the largest cultural heritage exhibition China has ever hosted in the United States in recent years. Many of the artifacts, including bronzeware, lacquerware and jadeware, have never before been exhibited outside China.

The core of the exhibition is the mythical phoenix, worshiped by people from the southern borders of the Zhou Dynasty.

Speaking at the event, Chinese Vice Minister of Culture and Tourism Li Qun said the exhibition presents the beautiful and romantic charm of Chinese culture to the American public in the language of culture and art.

“Supported by in-depth academic research and the latest archaeological findings, it showcases the continuity, unity, peace, inclusiveness and innovativeness of Chinese civilization,” said Li, who is also head of China’s National Cultural Heritage Administration.

He expressed hope that cultural heritage institutions and museums from China and the United States will work closely together, adhering to a vision of civilization that promotes equality, mutual learning, dialogue and inclusivity, to jointly build a new chapter of the Chinese-American people to put together. exchanges between people.

“This is a historic exhibition that has been in the works for years, and the most important exhibition from China in recent years,” said Jay Xu, director and CEO of the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.

“It celebrates beautiful ancient art and culture from China’s Hubei province,” he added.

“The works of art on display are stunning, and our community is so fortunate to be the first in the United States to experience the sophistication, beauty and splendor of the Chinese Bronze Age,” San Francisco Mayor London Breed said in a congratulatory letter to the event.

The exhibition, which runs from April 19 to July 22, is organized by the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco and the Hubei Provincial Museum.

Located in the heart of San Francisco, the museum is home to one of the world’s finest collections of Asian art, with more than 20,000 works of art ranging from ancient jades and ceramics to contemporary video installations.


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