Chinese Whispers: Tales of the East in Art, Film, and Fashion

This exhibition, presented in the Museum's Chinese Galleries and Anna Wintour Costume Center, will explore how China has fueled the creative imagination for centuries, resulting in layers of cultural translations, retranslations, and mistranslations.

Art Exhibition previously on at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, United States.
From Thursday 07 May 2015 to Sunday 16 August 2015

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High fashion will be juxtaposed with Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains, and other art, as well as Chinese films, to reveal ongoing dialogues between East and West, past and present.

From the earliest period of European contact with China in the sixteenth century, the West has been enchanted with enigmatic objects and imagery from the East, providing inspiration for fashion designers from Paul Poiret to Yves Saint Laurent. In an intricate process of translation and mistranslation similar to the game of "Telephone"—which the British call “Chinese Whispers”—designers conjoin disparate stylistic references into a pastiche of Chinese aesthetic and cultural traditions.

The exhibition will feature more than one hundred examples of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear alongside Chinese art. Filmic representations of China will be incorporated throughout to reveal how our visions of China are framed by narratives that draw upon popular culture, and also to recognize the importance of cinema as a medium through which to understand the richness of Chinese history.