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Rembrandt, Monet, and much more awaits you at reopened museums

2020-March-20       Source: Newsgd.com

Notable artworks by Rembrandt and Monet are currently on display at the Guangdong Museum.

It was raining in Guangzhou yesterday, but it didn’t stop people from visiting their cultural venues and exhibitions that have reopened to the public after about two-months of closure.

A dozen cultural centers in the province, including the Guangdong Museum, the Guangdong Museum of Art, the Sun Yat-sen Library of Guangdong Province and the Guangdong Culture Center, reopened on March 19th.

Notable artworks by Rembrandt and Monet are currently on display at the Guangdong Museum. The Guangdong Museum of Art is staging a special exhibition based on a collection of flowers and woods, plus modern artworks based on flowers including sculpture and interactive multimedia. Here are some more cultural and art exhibitions for you to spend your hard-earned weekend visiting:

Guangdong Museum (广东省博物馆)

Ongoing short-term exhibitions

● Rembrandt to Monet: 500 Years of European Painting

This exhibition is an international tour of the outstanding European master paintings introduced from the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the Clovis Collection in the United States. The 60 carefully selected works show the general situation of southern Italy, the Netherlands and Britain during the 14th to 19th century with their extraordinary painting skills and artistic value. The exhibits include works of well-recognized European masters such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Claude Monet, Tiziano Vecelli, Peter Paul Rubens and Paul Gauguin.

Exhibition period may be extended.

Venue: Calligraphy and Painting Hall, 3rd floor

● Style and Craftmanship in Guangfu Furniture

About 120 pieces of furniture and related items collected by the Guangdong Museum and the Palace Museum are displayed in this exhibition. It reviews the history of Guangdong furniture and the exquisite craftsmanship involved in its manufacture.

Period: Until May 18th, 2020

Venue: Hall 3, 3rd floor

● Stories of Jewelry in the Cyclades

The exhibition displays a wide range of ornaments from simple, beaded jewels made of shell, bone and ivory to lavish accessories, such as earrings, bracelets and rings in gold, silver and bronze decorated with precious and semi-precious stones, faience, coral and glass.

Period: Until May 18th, 2020

Venue: Hall 2, 3rd floor

● Canton Enamel Special Exhibition

Canton enamel was the exclusive luxury of the royal family and aristocracy in the early days, which later took root in the private sector and was then sold domestically and re-exported, becoming a famous export commodity. It is the first time that the museum has launched a special exhibition on Canton enamel, displaying more than 120 pieces of enamel for use by the palace and ordinary people and for export.

Period: Until March 29th, 2020

Venue: Hall 1, 3rd floor

Upcoming exhibitions

● Buddha’s Light from the Wei and Tang Dynasties: The Essence of Cultural Relics from Longmen Grottoes

Period: April 28th - August 30th, 2020

Venue: Hall 1, 3rd floor

● Mysterious Qidan: Liao Dynasty Cultural Relics Exhibition

Period: June 16th - October 25th, 2020

Venue: Calligraphy and Painting Hall, 3rd floor

● Amazing Chinoiserie: Chinese Export Porcelain Exhibition from the 17th to the 18th Century

Period: To be opened on June 12th, 2020

Venue: Hall 2, 3rd floor

Permanent exhibitions

● Exhibition of Guangdong History and Culture

● Exhibition of Natural Resources in Guangdong

● Beauty is Gilt Wood: Chaozhou Woodcarving Art Exhibition

● Selection of Pottery and Porcelain in Guangdong Museum

● Purple Stone: Exhibition of Duan Inkstones

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Guangdong Museum of Art (广东美术馆)


● Flowers Nod to the Winds of Spring: A Special Exhibition Embracing the New Year

Known as the ‘Flower City’ because of its blooming flowers all year round, Guangzhou is home to a unique ‘flower culture’.

Period: From March 19th to April 12th, 2020

Venue: Hall 1, 2, 3 and 4 (on the 1st floor)

● Consciousness of Borders

The consciousness of artists creates a cross-culture and cross-subject art form. Organized by the Guangdong Museum of Arts, the exhibition invites 21 cross-border artists to discuss the infinite possibilities brought by the collision of art and design and consciousness of borders.

Opening soon

Venue: Hall 10, 11 and 12 (on the 3rd floor)

● Ding Liren’s Solo Exhibition: A Southbound Trip of the Journey to the West

Ding Liren, China’s famous contemporary painter and folk art expert, works in coloured ink, sculpture, paper-cut and other mediums. He combines both Chinese and foreign folk arts such as traditional engraving, stone carving and murals, and has formed his own artistic style. The exhibition encompasses over one hundred works from his Journey to the West series.

Opening soon

Venue: Hall 5, 8, 6 and 9 (on the 2nd floor)

Scan the QR code above for reservation


Guangdong Culture Center (广东省文化馆)


● Spring and home themed photography exhibition

Venue: exhibition hall, 1st floor

● Exhibition of intangible cultural heritage of Guangdong

Venue: exhibition hall, 2nd floor

(Photo: Li Xihua)

Scan the QR code above for reservation


Sun Yat-sen Library of Guangdong Province (广东省立中山图书馆)

Scan the QR code above for reservation

A resident reads at the library.

Visitors are required to follow the following epidemic prevention measures while visiting the above venues:

1. Visitors are required to make a real-name reservation for tickets online in advance and enter venues during the specific reserved time period with valid documentation. Only individual visitors are accepted now.

2. Visitors are also required to provide their ‘Yuekang code’ (粤康码) or ‘Suikang code’ (穗康码), and have their temperature checked upon entering the venue. People with a temperature exceeding 37.3℃ or showing symptoms such as a cough or breathing difficulties will be refused entry.

3. Wear a mask and try to keep at least 1.5 meters from others during the whole tour. Avoid gatherings and face-to-face communication. Pay attention to personal hygiene and disinfection.

Authors: Monica Liu & Zoey Huang (intern)

Editor: Simon Haywood

Source: Newsgd.com & Xinhua

Editor: Monica Liu

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