Apr 24, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017


Hwajeong Museum

Hwajeong Museum special exhibition 

Hwajeong museum’s special exhibition BON APPÉTIT! in 2017, showcases a selection of Chinese works of arts & craft works, ranging in date from the 17th to early 20th century. The exhibition focuses on culinary culture, as well as a whole process from manufacture (agriculture, fishing and hunting) to consumption (culinary culture). It includes 178 works (incl. 8 paintings) and has 3 sections (manufacture-storage-consumption). Each section has reproduction corner such as a rice paddy, Chinese kitchen and Qing dynasty style table setting.

Hwajeong Museum special exhibition, BON APPETIT!

PART 1. Manufacture
This section focuses on manufacture-agriculture, fishery, and hunting. Crops, fish, meat have been important resources for food. Artworks depicting scenes of those processes are exhibited in this section. Especially we reproduced rice & barley paddy fields and cabbage & radish fields.

Fishing on Spring River
This work is painted by Xi Gang in 18th century. Scene of fishing with cormorants on spring river is depicted on silk.
the theme of this painting, 'Fishing on spring river', is written on the left top.

Boating on the River, BY Qian Du (錢杜, 1764-1845)
Scene of boating on the river. gentlemen are having a tea time on the boat. Qian Du's gentle brush stroke is quite impressive.

PART 2. Storage and Trade
This section is about storage facility and consumption process. When food ingredients had been gathered and cultivated via various kinds of manufacture processes, people stored them in storages such as jar, vessel and so on. These ingredients were sold or traded in the market. <Scenery of Kaifeng on Qingming Day> shows us a whole process.

Scenery of Kaifeng on Qingmin Day
Northern song dynasty court artist Zhang Zeduan painted a handscroll depicting the Northern Song capital of Kaifeng on Qingming Festival in spring time. Since then, several artists had depicted this scene repeatedly. Not only everyday life scenes but scenery of Qingming festival are described in detail.

Night Banquet in Peach Blossom Garden
The Guild of Good-fellowship by Li Bai(701~762) is described on painting.
One spring night, a banquet was held in peach blossom garden. Li bai and his friends attended and enjoyed it.

Pair of Dishes with Flowers
Porcelain saucer-shaped dish enamelled in mixed colours, with sprays of Chrysanthemum.There is a 'Qianlong' inscription on the base.

PART 3. Consumption (Culinary Culture)
This section exhibits table wares used in tea time& meal time. It includes porcelain wares such as dish, cup, bowl and jar, carved rhinoceros-horn cups, Cinnabar Lacquer Box, Mother-of-Pearl inlaid tray table and so on. We reproduced late Qing dynasty style room with table wares and furniture.

Ewer with Floral Motifs
Porcelain ewer with overglaze red & green enamels in 'wucai' style decorated with Floral Motifs.
its spout and handle repaired & replaced with metal.

Carved Wooden Libation Cup with Plum Blossoms(Left)
Carved Rhinoceros-horn Libation Cup with Grape Scrolls (Right)
Grape Scrolls motif is delicately carved on Rhino-horn. Rhino-horn has been well known as natural medical ingredient.

Flower-shaped Carved Cinnabar Lacquer Box
Flower-shaped Box with lid. Made of carved lacquer (red) decorated with several motifs.

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