The National Museum of China brings visitors back in time, to the dawn of Australian civilisation with an exhibition of ancient bark painting. Aboriginal painting, created for ritual purposes and quickly becoming a veritable graphic encyclopaedia of legends, beliefs and traditions of an entire people, allows for the reconstruction of the lifestyle, culture and world-view of the very first inhabitants of the Australian continent. The importance of nature and rituality that celebrate its magnificence are immediately visible in the 122 paintings and 32 examples of wood carvings on display. The works lead back to the most ancient roots of Australia and its inhabits and looks at, in three sections, the variety of paintings found in the area of Northern Australia known as Arnhem Land. The area covers a space of 97.000 km² and is one of the first zones to be inhabited by indigenous peoples as shown by the ancient bark paintings themselves.
A new area on the sixth floor of the Museum will periodically host a selection of classic works from the collection.
On display, the works of artist Qi Baishi: a philosophic representation of the natural world.