Chinese Landscape Masterpieces

This show at the Academy of Arts is a must see on so many levels. Granted I don't find myself writing about art very often and even on this occasion I will attempt it at a very superficial level. Chinese landscape art for me is mesmerizing. Nature is depicted in such grandeur and although humans are an integral part of the painting, they play a very small role. Majestic landscapes transport me to a different time and place. I find myself looking deeply into the painting enjoying the finer and finer details. You can view these works up close and afar. Masterpieces of Landscape PaintingOn the tech side I encountered something new for a major exhibit at the Academy, QR codes. This might have been started at previous shows at the Academy but it was a first for me. Usually there are no photographing allowed in the exhibit but an exception is made for the QR codes. I shot 10 different codes and they take you to the following links:
  1. http://ow.ly/7rgfk
  2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wfRhMmgxC0
  3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AqVT2MLdGM
  4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rE5QqrNI_b8
  5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xI09v5Rs0Y
  6. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TomAECaxQH0
  7. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVOJVnjpV7M
  8. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xm5fKQm1S6E
  9. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBhgDyog18s
  10. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScAAAqHstkM
There is one introductory video by Stephan Jost, Director of the Academy of Arts and 8 video podcasts. (The video numbering seems to have missed #8 and I was unable to find it on the Academy Youtube page.) If you plan to visit the exhibit, I would suggest watching these first. The only thing about reading a QR code and loading a video is the Internet connection. I wasn't able to connect to the Academy wifi and viewing a video on 3G is slow. Nevertheless, I thought it was innovative of the Academy to incorporate QR codes and video podcast into the exhibit. It offered a chance to get more out of the displays, almost like having your own personal docent. The show continues to Jan. 8, 2012 but plan to go a couple of times as you will want to spend some time gazing at these masterpieces.