“Museums have more power over how we display these histories than they would like to admit. Museums are institutions of memory. If you enshrine one particular story, you’re doing it at the expense of an alternative. It’s so important to recognise that, and to own that power.”
“The focus of the museum remains on Chinese art, but it’s good to have objects from other regions such as Japan and Korea in our collection to demonstrate the fact that China had relations with these other regions, and wasn’t as isolated as many often assume.”
“If you look closely, I think Composition is a modern iteration that references the tradition of Chinese landscape painting. When we pare it down to its details, all the elements of Chinese landscape painting are there. The only difference is that this work is made of metal.”
Mythical beings can be found in almost any culture around the world, and in particular, bird-like creatures feature across various pantheons. Described in literature, artists imbued this mythical aviary with physical forms, evidencing a clear relationship between word and image.