European classical engravings on display in Beijing

By Jay Birbeck and Wu Jin
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Eugène Delacroix's "Heliodoros Driven from the Temple" [Photo by Jay Birbeck/]

A collection of 85 classical European engravings are currently on display at the Dadem Collection Hall, in Beijing's southern Fengtai District. Originating over six centuries ago in Europe, line engraving has long been famed for its elegance and technical prowess. The exhibition, curated by Chen Xia and Ma Bin, mainly consists of works from between the 17th and 19th centuries, which is when the genre flourished. 

The exhibit features many well-known European artists, including Peter Paul Rubens, Eugene Delacroix, Leonardo Da Vinci, Joshua Reynolds and Rembrandt. Much of the artwork comes from collections shared by the world's most renowned institutions such as the British Museum in London and the Louvre and Orsay museums in Paris.

Yang Xiaogeng, who served as the artistic consultant for the exhibition, said that the artworks were selected based on the team's immense interest in European's traditional and classical arts.

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot's "Environs of Rome" [Photo by Jay Birbeck/]

The team has a long and reputable curatorial history. Yang curated his first exhibit over 20 years ago; since then they have opened galleries and exhibitions around the Asian Games Village and the China World Trade Center in Beijing. The multistory museum in Fengtai is their latest project, which according to Yang, was established for ordinary people to access the arts. The new site is now gaining popularity.

Curator Ma explained that their previous exhibition of oil paintings was extended by one week in response to high visitor demand, and that the engraving exhibition has also attracted a substantial audience, many of whom visit based on word-of-mouth recommendations.

"Some visitors also sent us photos they had taken while visiting the exhibition, from which we came to learn that they were not only here to browse the artworks, but also to appreciate them meticulously in order to learn something," Ma said.

According to Yang, the goal of the non-profit exhibition is to preserve and pass down the legacies of human civilizations and facilitate multicultural communication.

Peter Paul Rubens' "Le Marquis Spinola" [Photo by Jay Birbeck/]

"When getting a glimpse of these artworks, the audience, either teachers or students, may grow to be more familiar with different cultures," Yang explained.

The Exhibition of European Classical Engraving is on display until Jan. 15 at the Dadem Collection Hall, Fengtai District. Tickets are free with a one-day advance reservation.

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