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Beauty Revealed

Musical Performance on the Qin by Wang Fei

November 3, 2013; 3:30 p.m.


Wang Fei offers an intimate recital in the galleries that brings to life the classical Chinese instrument that is depicted in some of the paintings in Beauty Revealed. Wang, an internationally acclaimed qin performer, scholar, and teacher, performs a program that responds to the theme of the exhibition. Wang is founder and director of the North American Guqin Association and teaches guqin and guzheng in UC Berkeley’s Department of Music.

About the Qin


The guqin (also called qin, literally "ancient instrument"), a seven-stringed zither, is China's oldest stringed instrument. It has been played for over 3,000 years, longer than any other instrument in use today. The qin has always been viewed as a symbol of Chinese high culture and the instrument most expressive of the essence of Chinese music. In Imperial China, a well-educated scholar was expected to be skilled in four arts: qin (the guqin), qi (the game of Go), shu (calligraphy) and hua (painting). It became part of a tradition cultivated by the Chinese scholars and literati, and an instrument associated with philosophers, sages, and emperors.

Preceded by a talk in the Museum Theater about Chinese furniture and architecture depicted in the Beauty Revealed paintings.

BAM/PFA Galleries. Included with admission.

Photo: Bob Hsiang