Organized by the Museum für Asiatische Kunst – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and the Palace Museum Beijing, in cooperation with the Royal Ontario Museum Toronto, Faces of China is the first exhibition explicitly dedicated to Chinese portrait painting. It features a selection of more than 100 paintings that span over 500 years, most of which have never been shown in Europe. The exhibition focuses on the unique portraits of the Qing Dynasty (1644–1912), including images of members of the imperial court, ancestors, military figures, and informal portraits of artists and famous women, witnessing an unprecedented blossoming of the genre.


Unidentified Painter, Portrait of Dawaci, 佚名 達瓦斉像, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736–1795), ca 1756, Oil on Korean paper, Ethnologisches Museum – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, I D 22242, © Ethnologisches Museum – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Waltraut Schneider-Schütz

Unidentified Painter, Portrait of Yang Maolin, 佚名 楊茂林神像, Ming dynasty, 16th – early 17th cent., Hanging scroll, ink and colours on silk, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, The George Crofts Collection, 921.1.150, Courtesy of the Royal Ontario Museum, © ROM, Photo Credit: Brian Boyle, MPA, FPPO

Ren Xiong (1823–1857), Self-Portrait, 任熊 自畫像, Qing dynasty, Xianfeng period (1851–1861), ca. 1856, Hanging scroll, ink and colours on paper, The Palace Museum, Beijing, XIN 146208, © The Palace Museum, Photo Credit: Yu Ningchuan
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