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The Secret Life of Chinese Gardens
June 9, 2015 - September 20, 2015
Traditional Chinese architectural spaces usually emphasise hierarchies in family and social life. In contrast, gardens are place for privacy and leisure.
In traditional Chinese gardens, plants and flowers with specific symbolic meanings are used to create idealised miniature landscapes, in which people enjoy and celebrate the harmony between man and nature. Gardens are also often important settings for romance, as represented in Chinese literature, due to the privacy they provide.
This exhibition included various artistic depictions of favoured Chinese garden plants and unlocked their symbolic meanings. The exhibition also revealed popular leisure activities in ancient Chinese gardens, as well as famous romantic scenes from Chinese literature.