Organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and supported by Poly Culture North America and other organizations, the special exhibition Where the Truth Lies: the Art of Qiu Ying witnessed its grand open on February 9, 2020.
About Qiu Ying
Few artists in Chinese history have proven as enigmatic as Qiu Ying (c. 1494–c.1552), whose life and art reveal a series of paradoxes. Though one of the most famous artists of the Ming period, almost nothing is known about his life. Qiu Ying is said to have been illiterate, yet surviving evidence demonstrates elegant writing; and though he is said to have had few followers, he remains one of the most copied painters in Chinese history.
About the Exhibition Where the Truth Lies, the first exhibition on the great Ming dynasty painter ever organized outside of Asia, brings forth the largest gathering of paintings by the artist ever assembled in the U.S. In addition to masterworks by Qiu Ying. The exhibition includes paintings by 17 other artists including his predecessors and teachers, his daughter Qiu Zhu, and followers from the early 16th through the mid-20th century. It combines a total of 65 paintings in traditional Chinese formats, including hanging scrolls, handscrolls, album leaves, and fans, and is organized in thematic sections that explore Qiu Ying’s precedents; cover the artist’s early, mid-career, and late works; and finally, acknowledge the artist’s legacy.
Organizer: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Supporters: Poly Culture North America, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, the Mozhai Foundation, American Friends of the Shanghai Museum, etc.