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First Major Exhibition in Beijing of the Earliest Photographs of China


Rare early photographs of China from the Stephan Loewentheil China Photography Collection will be exhibited for the first time in Beijing at the Tsinghua University Art Museum as the Museum’s inaugural photography exhibition. Vision and Reflection: Photographs of China in the 19th Century from the Loewentheil Collection runs from 27 November 2018 to 31 March 2019. Admission is free.

This landmark exhibition presents 120 photographic masterpieces created in China in the 19th century. The works have never been exhibited before in Beijing. Made by Chinese and international photographers, the selection of photographs includes great works by acknowledged masters of the period, as well as unexpected gems by anonymous photographers and lesser-known figures. Highlights include the earliest photographs of Beijing, rare magnificent views of Fuzhou and the Min River, majestic landscapes by Tung Hing Studio, and important early portraits of the diverse people of the late Qing Dynasty.

“This is the first exhibition of photography held by Tsinghua University Art Museum since its establishment. Its unique theme and precious works make it a must-see exhibition for scholars who are interested in literature, history, folklore and architecture. It is also a grand feast of historical culture and artistic aesthetics for the public.”

– Su Dan Vice Director, Tsinghua University Art Museum

**Animated Video Clip of rare images from the Loewentheil Collection:


First Major Exhibition in Beijing of the Earliest Photographs of China

27 November 2018 – 31 March 2019

Tsinghua University Art Museum, Beijing

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