Tag Archives: China

China and Beyond: The Legacy of a Culture

September 3 – December 24, 2002

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

Curated by Kathlyn Liscomb, Professor in the Department of History in Art

Exhibition of the impact of Chinese culture on other parts of the world, featuring art objects from the Vancouver Museum, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, the Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery, and private collections in British Columbia. The range of materials is diverse and this exhibit will include sculpture, ceramics, paintings, wood-block printed books and other objects made in China, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Egypt, and Europe.

This exhibit was funded by the Community-University Research Alliance and also shown at the Vancouver Museum.

Take Root in Canada

February 1 – February 8, 2001

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

This exhibition is to trace the history of Chinese Canadians in their efforts to take root in Canada.

Canada is a country of immigrants. Some ethnic groups could start a new life easily soon after their arrival in Canada, but some other groups, such as the Chinese immigrants, had to eke out a living before they could establish themselves and integrate into Canadian society.

Buddhist Worship on the Tibetan Plateau in Western China

June 2 – June 21, 1997

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

Presented by Joe Gibson.

Photographs taken in the People’s Republic of China, 1984.

In 1984, I was privileged to witness a highly unusual, almost unique, esoteric ceremony, a ‘Cham festival within the yellow-cap (dGe-lugs-pa) sect of Tibetan Buddhism. What makes this ceremony highly unusual is that it took place at Ta’er-si lamasery on the Tibetan Plateau, about 50 kilometres west of Xining in Q’ing-hai province in the People’s Republic of China. (As a student of literature, in true Orwellian spirit, I chose to “celebrate” 1984 by teaching and travelling in a totalitarian dictatorship, the People’s Republic of China.

~Joe Gibson, 1997

Chinese Lacquer Painting

July 25 – August 29, 1993

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

The exhibition Chinese Lacquer Paintings is a travelling exhibition organized by the Department of Communications, Ottawa, from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China. It is an exhibition of 41 modern lacquer paintings.

During the 1960s the Chinese lacquer painting made a breakthrough away from the realm of arts and crafts. Lacquer paintings were used to express the modern concepts of aesthetics, to depict the lives of the modern times and the emotions of the painters. As this means of painting is easy to manipulate and low in cost it has won instant favour from the public, with natural lacquer and synthetic lacquer complementing each other and promoting each other. Pieces of lacquer painting works started to find their way into a series of exhibitions of fine arts held both at home and abroad. 1980s has seen a rapid development of lacquer paintings.


The End of an Era: Shanghai 1949

October 15 – November 24, 1991

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

A selection of photographs taken in Shanghai during and immediately following the Communist takeover in China in 1949. The photographer is Sam Tata, whose work has earned him international recognition.

I am not a historian. I am a photographer. I was a witness to a great historical change, a world shaking event – Shanghai, 1949 – when the Red Star spread across China.

-Sam Tata, 1991

Modern Art from the People’s Republic of China

February 9 – March 18, 1983

Maltwood Art Gallery

This was an exhibition of works done by the students of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. The purpose of the exhibition was to give western Canadians a greater understanding and appreciation for the Chinese approach to works of art on paper or canvas. To this end, it included traditional and contemporary works. It featured oil paintings, acrylic paintings, watercolours, and woodcut prints and received a very positive response from the community.