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Friday, November 26, 2010

River of Wisdom Exhibition Evening Scenes (Videos)

A River of Wisdom "Animated Version of the Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival" exhibition is being held at Hong Kong's AsiaWorld-Expo from 9 to 29 Nov 2010. All 600,000 tickets were sold out in less than 6 days.

City Gate Tower at night

We brought you these animations in an earlier post. Here are the evening scenes as imagined by modern animation artists.

The "Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival" is an ancient Chinese painting painted during the Song Dynasty (AD 960 to 1279). It gave insights into urban and rural life at the Song Dynasty. Judging from the characters and their activities, the original painting was presenting activities during daytime. What about activities in the evening? Modern animation artists and historians seek traces of information and evidence in books and records and created the evening animations from their imagination.

City Gate Tower in the original painting (replica)

It was believed that the crime rate at the Northern Song Dynasty was relatively low. Citizens were safe at night. They would often go to restaurants and "bars" to share their viewpoints and comments on literature and poems. (See also: the Day scenes)


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