Qin exhibition catalogues

2000 Years of Chinese Lacquer

2000 Years of Chinese Lacquer. Catalogue of an exhibition jointly presented by the Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong and the Art Gallery, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. 24th September to 21st November, 1993.
ISBN : 962-7101-26-5

The Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong is proud to present a collection of Chinese lacquer produced over 2,000 years, consisting of 109 pieces of lacquerware, and 7 Guqin of different dynasties, from the collections of its members, the museums of Hong Kong, and augmented by pieces from Japan.

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Includes an article focused on guqin by Yip Shing Yiu.


Gems of Ancient Chinese Zithers

Gems of Ancient Chinese Zithers - Shum's collection of antique Qin from the last millennium. Jointly presented by the Department of Music and the University Museum and Art Gallery, the University of Hong Kong, with assistance of the Deyin Qin Society. 14th October to 5th December, 1998.
ISBN : 9628038303

This exhibition brings to the public for the first time in Hong Kong fifty rare samples of qin instruments, all in good playing condition, with a few dating as early as the northern Song Dynasty of 10th century AD.

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Articles, in Chinese with English summaries

  • Qin instruments from historical periods, by Shum Hing-shun
  • A few questions in the research of the history of Qin, by Zheng Minzhong
  • Reflections on Qin philosophy, by Lau Chor-wah
  • The beauty of Qin music: timbre and rhythm, by Tse Chun-yan
  • The schools, repertory, and performance practice of Qin, by Sou Si-tai
  • Qin and health (physical well-being), by Au Siu-kam
  • Reflections on silk string, by Georges Goormaghtigh
  • Qin music on the world stage, by Bell Yung


The Resonance of the Qin in East Asian Art

This catalogue was produced to accompany the exhibition The Resonance of the Qin in East Asian Art, presented by the China Institute. 17th September to 12th December, 1999.
ISBN : 0-965427021

The Resonance of the Qin presents this ancient musical instrument to the public through paintings, calligraphy, and sculptures set against the mellow tones of the music itself in the background.

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Articles, all in English

  • The Chinese Qin, by Kenneth J.DeWoskin
  • The Qin in China from the Han Dynasty to the present, by Stephen Addiss
  • The Qin in Japan, by Stephen Addiss
  • Two histories: the Qin in Korea and Vietnam, by Mitchell Clark


Echoes of Antiquity

Catalogue to The Guqin -- Echoes of Antiquity Exhibition, held during the 15th Macao Arts Festival. Presented by the Cultural Institute of the Macao S.A.R. Government and the Museum of Macao. 7th March to 30th May, 2004.
ISBN : 99937-0-050-9

Macao Arts Festival exhibition Echoes of the Antiquity: the Guqin offers an unique insight into this classical Chinese cultural treasure. On display are precious examples of the instrument, musical scores and inscriptions, among other objects, dating from the northern Song Dynasty up to the Republic of China.

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Articles, in Chinese with English summaries

  • The preservation and teaching of Chinese Qin heritage, by The Chinese Academy of Arts
  • Qin instruments from historical periods, by Shum Hing-shun

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