The Liaoning Museum
- One of the great undiscovered collections of Chinese art
- Apart from Liaoning, only Beijing, Nanjing and Taipei hold pieces from the old imperial collections
The Liaoning Museum is historically one of the oldest and most important museums of China – one of only three national museums founded between the end of World War Two and the foundation of the new republic in 1949. Shenyang, the capital of Liaoning Province where the museum is housed, is also the cultural capital of the northeast. This is reflected in the definitive collections of north eastern art and archaeology. Liaoning also has important works from the old imperial collections originally housed in the Forbidden City. This is the backbone of one of the great collections of Tang and Song painting and calligraphy, including the Tang dynasty Zhou Fang’s masterpiece Court Ladies Adorning their Hair with Flowers. There are paintings by Dong Yuan and the Song dynasty emperor, Huizong. There are also spectacular collections of embroidery and tapestry, and of Liao ware ceramics.
Ma Baojie is Director of the Liaoning Museum.