Guan Shanyue<br />
Chinese 1912–2000<br />
The harbinger of spring (detail)<br />
hanging scroll, ink and colour on paper<br />
93.0 x 60.0 cm<br />
Presented by the Federation of Chinese Associations, 1983<br />

Spring Flowers, Autumn Grass

Free entry


Ground Level

21 Feb 03 – 21 Apr 03

Spring Flowers, Autumn Grass presents exquisite works from the National Gallery of Victoria’s collection of Asian art (Chinese and Japanese), revealing the collection’s depth and richness. The exhibition includes screens, scrolls of paintings and calligraphy, ceramics and lacquer and examples from the 14th to the 21st century.

Spring Flowers, Autumn Grass explores the symbolism of flowers and plants in the works of art, the way nature is viewed philosophically, psychologically and aesthetically. The underlying theme of the exhibition is the fleeting changes of the seasons, which brings about the awareness of the impermanence of life and the rejuvenation of nature.