New “The Art of Gold, 3000 Years of Chinese Treasures” Exhibition
Following its popular exhibition dedicated to the mysterious world inside rubies and sapphires, L’ÉCOLE Asia Pacific is delighted to invite the public to now discover some of the fascinating techniques of goldsmithing. “The Art of Gold, 3000 Years of Chinese Treasures” will be L’ÉCOLE’s third exhibition at its permanent location in K11 MUSEA, Hong Kong, and will feature masterpieces from the Mengdiexuan collection, highlighting 3,000 years of Chinese gold craftsmanship, and will be L’ÉCOLE’s first ever exhibition dedicated to Savoir-Faire (craftsmanship). The exhibition will open to the public with free admission from December 9, 2020 to March 28, 2021; with guided tours available in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin. Pre-registration is recommended.
Both Mengdiexuan and L'ÉCOLE share the view that academic research is the foundation of art collecting, and one acquires knowledge and context of jewelry creations through the understanding of its cultural and historic legacy. To understand ancient Chinese goldsmithing, a selection of 55 extraordinary gold jewelry pieces and ornaments, including precious necklaces, earrings, hairpins, bracelets, brooches and belt plaques, will take visitors on a journey across central China, the Steppes, the Mongolian and the Himalayan regions from the Shang to the Qing Dynasties. Spanning three millennia, these historical masterpieces will illustrate four major techniques of goldsmithing used in ancient China: hammering and chasing, casting, gold wire and filigree, and granulation. While these techniques have evolved over the years, visitors will have the opportunity to see firsthand rare and exceptional craftsmanship from ancient goldsmiths of another time.