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For Chinese art enthusiasts, this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see extremely rare, beautifully preserved works of art drawn from many collections that are national treasures in Asia. From small-scale works by both monks and the literati, through to an astonishing 14-metre-long scroll painting, there are some extraordinary pieces here, many of them showing in Europe for the first time.
Covering six successive periods, the exhibition ranges over paintings made for tombs and temples in 700-950, the rise of landscape painting, pieces by monks and scholars and the creative explosion that accompanied the prosperity and stability of the Ming dynasty. Awe inspiring.