Civilised China – with explosions

Good to see Chinese art getting attention in the BBC series “Civilisations“.

The wonderful Mary Beard viewed the Terracotta Warriors in episode 2, and Simon Schama rhapsodised about landscapes, including the  the turbulent peaks of Wang Meng, in episode 3.  There were good close-ups of the ink work and also some lovely shots of the Yellow Mountains and the Qingbian Mountains.

David Olusoga highlighted the work of Japanese artist Maruyama Okyo  – wonderful screens of “Bamboo in wind and rain”, and the stunning masterpiece “Cracked Ice”!  Just a few brush stroke in varying tones to show the essence of imperfection and impermanence.

The final programme included a large new work by Cai Guo-Qiang, who used giant papercuts with his usual gunpowder to create ghostly flowers and misty impressions by fun and chance!