Nature Close at Hand

November 19, 2016-May 21, 2017

Ju Lian (Chinese, 1828–1904), pomegranate and day lily, about 1850–1904, Qing dynasty, ink and colors on paper, 13 × 17-1/4 in. (with mat board). Indianapolis Museum of Art, Gift of the Alliance of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, 73.61.30.

This exhibition showcases several formats of Chinese painting that can be experienced personally. These include album leaves meant to be held in the hand or pages turned on a table; to fans that were carried on one’s person, unfolded and enjoyed at one’s leisure; and hand scrolls meant to be unrolled at the most two feet at a time. These intimate formats allowed one to bring nature close at hand.

While visiting the exhibition, learn about Chinese calligraphy by watching a video demonstration by the artist Ching-Chang (C.C.) Chen and then trying your hand at making basic characters.


Nature Close at Hand Indianapolis Museum of Art 4000 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, IN