Featuring Taca Sui's Album Odes, in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum.
The exhibition is made possible by the Joseph Hotung Fund.
Albums consist of multiple leaves bound together in a book-like format, which provides a viewing experience that unfolds in stages, like a journey. This process of discovery is what makes albums special, and it presented unique challenges and opportunities to artists. The exhibition will include Returning Home (ca. 1695) by Shitao who used the format to shock and surprise viewers with each turn of the page; Landscapes by Dai Benxiao (1621–1693) who favored a more consistent style; and Landscapes by Dong Qichang who utilized the format to display art historical knowledge: each leaf is devoted to the style of a different old master.
Chinese artists today push the boundaries of this traditional format with new tools and approaches. The exhibition on view will include three contemporary works, including Odes(2013) by Taca Sui (b. 1984).
The Art of the Chinese Album is organized by Joseph Scheier Dolberg, Assistant Curator in the Department of Asian Art at the Metropolitan Museum.