Ren Yi (1840-1896), Mi Fu verbeugt sich vor Stein, Albumblatt, Qing-Dynastie, Guangxu-Periode, datiert 1887 (c) Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln

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Bizarre Beauties

Chinese scholar’s rocks from the Benz Collection

April 9, 2024 to January 6, 2025

Since the Tang Dynasty (601–907), Chinese literati have been collecting bizarrely shaped rocks. Placed in the garden as miniature versions of mountain peaks, they represent a microcosm of nature in which the scholar meditates, drawing inspiration from them and devoting himself to the arts of poetry, painting and calligraphy, or playing the zither. Some forms resemble mythical animals, clouds or human shapes. In the Song Dynasty (960–1279), smaller specimens began to be placed on customised wooden stands in scholar’s studios on desks, shelves, or on the floor. In 1127, the official Du Wan wrote the first manual for stone collectors, the “Stone Compendium of the Cloudy Forest” (chin. Yunlin shipu). The most popular types of stone among collectors are Lingbi, Ying, Taihu and Kun stones, which are named after their regions of origin.

The tradition of stone collecting developed hand in hand with those of classical painting and calligraphy. Since the Song Dynasty, painters have incorporated beautiful garden rocks and smaller scholar’s rocks into their compositions – often portraits of cherished models extant in the real world. Just as with brushstrokes in calligraphy, the beauty of stones is admired for its proportions, overlapping layers, and powerful, rhythmic and harmonious structures.

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Orientstiftung zur Förderung der Ostasiatischen Kunst

Fördererkreis des Museums für Ostasiatische Kunst Köln


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Tuesday to Sunday
11am – 5pm
Every first Thursday in the month
11am – 10pm 

Closed Mondays; open on All Saints' Day
Museum is closed on December 24th, Christmas Day (25 Dec), New Year's Eve (31 Dec) and New Year's Day (1 Jan). Museum is opend on Easter Monday, Whit Monday, German Unity Day and December 26.
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KölnTag on the first Thursday of the month (except public holidays): free admission to the Museum for all Cologne residents.
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How to get here

Public transport: Tram routes 1 and 7 and bus route 142, alight at ‘Universitätsstrasse’
There is a car park at the museum
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Barrier-free

The museum is barrier-free. Disabled toilet available.
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Museum für
Ostasiatische Kunst Köln
Universitätsstrasse 100
D 50674 Köln
Ticket office +49.221.221-28617
mok@museenkoeln.de
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