2022-08-08
中文
Treasure of Prosperity: Gifts for the Shanghai Museum
Date: 2022-03-10 - 2023-01-08
Venue: No. 2 Exhibition Hall, 2F
Exhibits
  • Record of the Waiting Hall for Ministers in Regular Script, handscroll
  • Essentials of the Suramgama Sutra in Running Script, handscroll
  • Corpus of Wang Anshi’s Works
  • Ji (weapon) of Shang Yang
  • Ox Scapula with an Inscription
  • Zhi (wine vessel) of Xiao Chen Shan
  • Ivory Seal with the Inscription “Qi Shi Er Feng Shen Chu” (“depths of the seventy-two peaks”)
  • Bamboo Brush Holder with a Depiction of Pavilions in a Landscape Using the Liuqing (“preserving the green bamboo skin”) Technique
  • Seated Mahavairocana Buddha
  • Zhong (percussion instrument) of Lü
  • Copy of Dai Wenjin’s “Xie An Leads a Reclusive Life in the East Mountain”, hanging scroll
  • Rhinoceros-horn Cup with a Carving of the Chibi Scene
  • Record of Wu Xu, with Literary Name Yuzhai, in Running Script, handscroll
  • Round Carved Lacquer Box with the Cloud Pattern
  • Landscape after Dong Yuan, hanging scroll
  • On a Visit to Plum Blossoms, hanging scroll
  • Manuscript of The Great Commonwealth
  • One-dollar Banknote Issued by the International Banking Corporation in Shamian, Guangdong in 1909
  • A Portrait of Mao Xiang, hanging scroll
  • Huanghuali Wood Yokeback Armchair with Four Protruding Ends
  • He (wine vessel) of Fuchai, King of Wu
  • Zisha (“purple clay”) Teapot from the Yixing Kiln, Designed by Chen Hongshou with the Inscription “Yan Nian” (“prolonging of life”)
  • Pan (water vessel) of Zi Zhong Jiang (“my wife, who is the second eldest sister of Jiang”)
  • Arhats, hanging scroll
  • Tri-coloured Drum Stool with the Double-dragon Pattern on a Yellow Ground, Jingdezhen ware
  • Ivory Seal with the Inscription “Yu Fu Tu Shu” (“paintings, books, and calligraphy collected in the imperial repository”)
  • Lobed Dish from the Ge (“elder brother”) Kiln
  • Blue-and-white Dish with the Interlocked-flower Pattern, Jingdezhen ware
  • Blue-and-white Incense Burner with the Ruyi-scepter and the Floral Pattern, Jingdezhen ware
  • Silver Coin Issued during the Reign of King Shapur I of the Sassanian Dynasty
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Introduction

This year marks the seventieth anniversary of the founding of the Shanghai Museum. To celebrate this occasion, we have launched three gift-themed exhibitions since a year ago. They are “The Perpetual Prosperity,” “Harvest from Generosity,” and “Treasure of Prosperity.” Indeed, the seventy-year history of our Museum is dotted with gifts from numerous donors, whose love and kindness have added to the splendour of China’s museology and to the glory of our Museum. To acknowledge and commemorate our benefactors, the Shanghai Museum has a long tradition of exhibiting the treasures from them. Apart from permanent exhibitions, it has hitherto hosted thirty-three special exhibitions of gifts, the latest being “Treasure of Prosperity.”

Our Museum receives gifts from and exhibits them to the people. Such interaction embodies the idea that the city is built by and for the people. This year, with selections of gifts for us, we will not only celebrate the Museum’s seventieth “birthday” but also cheer the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. 

As to the celebration of our Museum’s seventieth birthday, we have set four highlights: (1) to pay homage to our tradition and our predecessors and to extend our gratitude to the public and to our visitors; (2) to take a survey of our professional achievements, to have a closer look at our cause, and to record the history in which our Museum has been growing and thriving with our City, Shanghai; (3) to draw a finer blueprint for the future development of our Museum on the basis of experience and lessons; and (4) to promote the heritage of our Museum and enhance the charm of culture to the whole society. 

The Shanghai Museum will continue to host exhibitions of gifts. We remain committed to the belief that our Museum is built by and for the people. May Beauty’s rose never die and the gaudy Spring last forever.

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