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- No.221, Sec. 2, Zhishan Rd., Shilin Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C
Many works of Chinese landscape painting that survive today deal with or refer to lands of the immortals, and paintings from the Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties in the National Palace Museum collection present the particularly rich and varied facets to these mountains of immortality. This exhibition includes a selection of thirty works divided into three parts: "Floating Mists of Immortal Realms," "Different Abodes of Immortality," and "Prolonging Life and Becoming an Immortal."
The first part of the exhibit, "Floating Mists of Immortal Realms," deals with the fabulous beauty of immortal mountain palaces, including such places of paradise as Kunlun, Penglai, Fanghu, and Yingzhou. The works include a Song dynasty tapestry of "Hall in Mountains of the Immortals," Wen Boren's "Fanghu" from the Ming dynasty, and "Gathering of Immortals at Penglai" attributed to the Song painter Zhao Daheng. The second section, "Different Abodes of Immortality," focuses on grotto paradises and blessed lands to represent the mystery of sacred mountains and immortal grottoes. Related to the reverence of Daoist painters for sacred mountains, representative examples include "Mountain Halls of the Immortals" attributed to the Five Dynasties painter Dong Yuan and "Sacred Mountains and Precious Groves" by the Yuan artist Fang Congyi. Finally, the third part on "Prolonging Life and Becoming an Immortal" reflects the quest for immortality with sometimes unconventional methods and manifestations, as seen in such works as "Three Immortals Receiving the Text" attributed to the Song artist Yan Wengui and "Dogs and Chickens amid the Clouds" by Cui Zizhong of the Ming. This exhibition thus offers audiences a divine journey through ancient works to the mountains of immortals and, in the process, a greater understanding of their cultural significance.