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This December\, the Museum will showcase 21 objects from the Suzhou Muse um in an exhibition that highlights selections from China’s long and rich c ultural history. Located only 66 miles west of Shanghai\, Suzhou is often c alled the “Venice of China” because of its numerous canals intertwining the  historic dwellings and gardens of its illustrious residents. 

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Part of t he collections of the Suzhou Museum\, an internationally renowned building by architect and one of Suzhou's native sons I. M. Pei\,  these amazing wor ks of art\, some over 3\,000 years old\, are being exhibited in the United States for the first time.  The first grouping is of bronzes unearthed from tombs\, including a set of bells and brilliantly cast ceremonial vessels.  Ancient artifacts like these pair well with those on display in the Museum 's Permanent Collection and create a broader and more complete discussion o f Chinese art and history.  

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< span style="font-size: small\;">Two hanging scrolls\, masterworks by Wen Zh enming (1470–1559) and Tang Yin (1470–1523)\, two of the most celebrated an d revolutionary artists of the Ming Dynasty\, will highlight the Ink portion of the exhibition. These paintings display the mountainscapes of the Yangzi River Valley\, a source of inspiration for Suzhou scholar-artis ts. 

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Suzhou is perhaps best known throughout China and the world for its silk tapestries that are so finely woven they resemble paintings. Four imp ortant textile works in pristine condition trace the history of silk embroi dery at Suzhou from the 10th through 18th centuries.

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Masterworks in Metal\, Ink and Silk will be on view through March 17\, allowing visit ors to experience both this temporary exhibtion on its own and\, after Febr uary 8th\, alongside the Museum’s state of the art new display of The A rt of East Asia. The selection of works has been made specifically to  complement those of the Museum’s Permanent Collection.

DTEND:20130317 DTSTAMP:20141022T073009 DTSTART:20121215 GEO:32.731452;-117.1512999 LOCATION:San Diego Museum of Art\,1450 El Prado Balboa Park\nSan Diego\, CA 92101 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Masterworks in Metal\, Ink and Silk from the Suzhou Museum UID:246108 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20121215T170000 DTSTAMP:20141022T073009 DTSTART:20121215T100000 GEO:32.731452;-117.1512999 LOCATION:San Diego Museum of Art\,1450 El Prado Balboa Park\nSan Diego\, CA 92101 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Masterworks in Metal\, Ink and Silk from the Suzhou Museum UID:246109 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR