Alternative Dreams: 17th-Century Chinese Paintings from the Tsao Family Collection

Resnick Pavilion
August 7, 2016–December 4, 2016
Dong Qichang, Landscape in the style of Mi Youren’s, Mist and Rain on Summer Mountains. Three sharply pointed mountains are wreathed in mist, with a small tree in the foreground.

Showcasing one of the finest collections of 17th-century Chinese paintings in the United States, Alternative Dreams: 17th-Century Chinese Paintings from the Tsao Family Collection presents works by many of the most famous painters of this period, including scholars, officials, and Buddhist monks.

The 17th century witnessed the fall of the Chinese-ruled Ming dynasty (1368–1644) and the founding of the Manchu-ruled Qing dynasty (1644–1911). It was one of the most turbulent and creative eras in the history of Chinese art. Composed of 130 paintings, the exhibition explores the ways artists of the late Ming and early Qing dynasties used painting, calligraphy, and poetry to create new identities as means of negotiating the social disruptions that accompanied the fall of the Ming dynasty.

Formed over a period of fifty years by Bay Area collector and dealer Jung Ying Tsao, the collection includes works by Dong Qichang (1555–1636), considered the most versatile Chinese artist of the last five hundred years, and major, previously unpublished works by Gong Xian, Fu Shan, Hongren, Bada shanren, Daoji, Wang Hui, and Wang Yuanqi.

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This exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and made possible by the Mozhai Foundation.

All exhibitions at LACMA are underwritten by the LACMA Exhibition Fund. Major annual support is provided by Kitzia and Richard
Goodman, with generous annual funding from Louise and Brad Edgerton, Edgerton Foundation, Emily and Teddy Greenspan,
Jenna and Jason Grosfeld, and Lenore and Richard Wayne.

Dong Qichang, Landscape in the style of Mi Youren's [1074–1151] Mist and Rain on Summer Mountains, from the album Landscapes and Calligraphies (detail), c. 1620s–early 1630s, the Tsao Family Collection