13 May, 2011

River of Wisdom II

The Making Of

In tonight's show we're travelling 900 years into the past as we celebrate an ancient Qingming Festival. One of the biggest art events in town at the moment is "River of Wisdom" the animated version of Zhang Zeduan's classic painting "Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival". If you haven't bought tickets already, well it's too late. It's sold out. But there may still be plenty of other opportunities to find your way into that scene. We look at different adaptations of the painting, in ballet and animation, even a McDull movie


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The Original


As the representative work of Zhang Zeduan, a famous palace painter living in the late Northern Song Dynasty, Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival (清明上河图) is a handscroll of painting reflecting the life and customs of the Northern Song Dynasty. The handscroll of painting, measuring 24.8cm wide and 528.7cm long, is painted on silk with a light color background. It is now kept in the National Palace Museum in Beijing.

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