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Visualizing a Culture for Strangers: Chinese Export Paintings of the Nineteenth Century

Visualizing a Culture for Strangers: Chinese Export Paintings of the Nineteenth Century

January 30 to March 29, 2015

Chinese export watercolour painting is a special genre that flourished in the city of Guangzhou (Canton), China. These works were created and exported in large quantities by Chinese artists in western media and western techniques to meet the demand for a taste of China: its life, its customs and its landscape and architecture. To cater to the western market, Chinese export painters took references from western artworks such as oil paintings, prints, watercolours and sketches. The exhibition presents a cross section of Chinese export paintings and the influential role of western art traditions on Chinese export paintings. This exhibition is on tour from the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, and is curated by Barry Till.
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Public Programs

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 29, 7-9pm
Join us for the opening reception at the Burnaby Art Gallery. The evening will feature opening remarks, followed by a reception in our Fireside Room with Gong Fu Cha tea demonstration by Adrian Sinclair and tea leaf readings by artist Cindy Mochizuki. Beer sponsored by Steamworks Brewery. Tea sponsored by David's Tea.

Steamworks Brewery    Davids Tea

In the B.A.G. Family Sundays: 1-4pm
February 8 and March 8
Join us for an interactive experience that combines the current gallery exhibit with a free, hands-on studio activity. No registration required. All ages. Free. Instructor: Shelley Tucker.

Family Day: Team Portraits: Monday, February 9, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm (one-hour sessions)
Create a family portrait as a team! We’ll have you giggling your way to a family masterpiece of your own. Admission, by donation, $2 per person.

Drop-In Art Gallery Tours: Mandarin and English Speaking Guides: 2-4pm
Saturday, February 14 and Sunday, March 22
Join our knowledgeable guides for a tour of the current exhibit. Tours begin at 2pm, 2:30pm, 3pm and 3:30pm. All ages. Free.

Curator's Talk and Tour: Thursday, February 26, 7-9pm
The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria's Barry Till will be leading this informational curator's talk and tour. No registration required. All ages. Free. Hotel sponsored by Delta Burnaby Hotel. 

Delta Hotel Burnaby 

For more programs related to this exhibition please see our public programs webpage.


Thank-you to our media and community sponsor:

Burnaby NewsLeader  Tourism Burnaby