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Join us Sunday February 24th at Tsinghua University Art Museum for a private tour of the exhibition “Vision and Reflection“, selected  from  Stephan Loewentheil’s collection of 15,000  19th century photographs of China. Stephan Loewentheil himself and Stacey Lambrow, the curator of the collection, will introduce the exhibition, guide us,  and answer questions.

This historical exhibition presents 120 rare masterpieces created in China in the 19th century. These works of art have never been exhibited before in Beijing. Made by Chinese and international photographers, the selection of photographs includes great works by acknowledged masters of the period, as well as unexpected gems by anonymous photographers and lesser-known figures. Highlights include the earliest photographs of Beijing, rare magnificent views of Fuzhou and the Min River, majestic landscapes by Tung Hing Studio, and important early portraits of the diverse people of the late Qing Dynasty.

 The exhibition is not only a unique visual record of China, but also an   insight into the perspectives of the photographers, such as Felix Beato and Thomas Child. More background is available at:  www.artmuseum.tsinghua.edu.cn/en/cpsj_english/zlxx/zzzl/lszl/201812/t20181201_3538.shtml.

WHAT: Tour of the Loewentheil collection of 19th century photographs of China at the Tsinghua University Art Museum

WHEN: Sunday Feb. 24, starting 1.00 PM. Please arrive at the Museum ticket office by 12.45 PM. The tour and discussion will last 1 ½  hours .

WHERE: Tsinghua University Art Museum,, 10 minutes walk north of Wudaokou subway.

HOW MUCH: RMB 100 for RASBJ members, non-members RMB 150

 RSVPcommunications.ras.bj@gmail.com, with header “Loewentheil Tsinghua”, giving all applicants’ names and at least one relevant mobile number. You’ll receive confirmation of your place and payment details no later than Wednesday, Feb 20th. Numbers will be limited; RASBJ members have priority.


    Stephan Loewentheil has been a collector and dealer of rare books, manuscripts, and photographs for more than thirty-five years. He has helped to build some of the world's great collections and counts many leading private collectors and institutions, such as the White House and the Library of Congress, among his clients.  His collection of 15,000 photographs of China, the most important in the world, was assembled over more than three decades.


     Stacey Lambrow is the curator of the Loewentheil China Photography Collection. She has studied the historical photography of China in the Loewentheil Collection for ten years, and during that time has made many important discoveries in the field. Stacey is particularly interested in studying the earliest photographs of Beijing, Shanghai, and Fuzhou.


Join us on a day trip to a cluster of evocative 1000-year-old pagodas, in a tranquil valley about 1.5 hours’ drive from the city. Beijing historian Wang Xiaoxin will provide commentary on these monuments to China’s search for spiritual identity. In the Ming and Qing dynasties, 'Iron-wall Silver Mountain' which rises dramatically above the pagodas was one of Beijing’s eight great scenic sites; it used to be a famous Buddhist shrine. Over four dynasties -- Jin, Yuan, Ming and Qing -- many pagodas were built here and 18 remain standing.  Why were pagodas so important during that era, and what symbolism is woven into their construction? Historian Wang will explore these and other topics related to Beijing's spiritual past. 

WHAT: Excursion to the Silver Pagodas -- or Yin Shan Ta Lin -- led by historian Wang Xiao Xin (includes lunch)

WHEN: Sunday March 3, departing the Hilton Hotel (see below) at 9.00 AM and returning approximately 5:00 PM

 TRANSPORT: Bus leaves promptly at 09:00 AM from the parking lot of the Hilton Hotel, east 3rd Ring Road, near Liangmaqiao subway stop. We expect to return to the Hilton about 5:00 PM, depending on traffic and weather conditions.The Hilton's address is #1 Dong Fang Road; TEL: 58655000东三环北路东方路1号 邮政编码: 希尔顿酒店 (三元桥)

HOW MUCH: RMB 300 for RASBJ members, RMB 350 for non-members, which covers transport, Wang’s fee, entrance tickets, audiophone rental and lunch. If your request to attend is confirmed, payment will be requested in advance and is non-refundable.

RSVP: Please email communications.ras.bj@gmail.com, with the subject header “Silver Pagodas”. Include all attendees names and at least one mobile phone number. Numbers may be limited; RASBJ members receive priority. Confirmed attendees will receive an email, with payment instructions, during the last week of February.

NOTES: Please dress appropriately for winter weather and a bit of walking.



     On Feb. 24, Sunday,  RASBJ invites you on a tour of stunning 19th century vintage photographs of China from the Loewentheil Collection. They're on exhibit at the Tsinghua Art Museum; Stephan Loewentheil and Stacey Lambrow, curator of the collection, will introduce us to these photographic treasures and answer questions.

     Then on Mar. 3, Sunday, please join RASBJ's day trip to the Silver Pagodas, a complex of ancient Buddhist structures north of Beijing which once played an important role in Beijing's spiritual past. Beijing historian Wang Xiaoxin will provide expert commentary. Dress warmly!

NEWS FOR MEMBERS: To enter the Members' Section on the website, go to the lower lefthand corner of the homepage, find "members login" and enter the password.  If you believe you're an RASBJ member but haven't been given the password, please email enquiries@rasbj.org to ask for it (after ensuring you're fully paid up).  Only members in good standing will have access to the Members' Section.   



Royal Asiatic Society China, Beijing members and their guests are asked to please wear appropriate footwear and clothing when attending events or excursions, and to adhere to any safety instructions or other codes of conduct. Please also bear in mind the physical requirements of participating in the event or trip. Participation in events and excursions is at your own risk: the Royal Asiatic Society China,  Beijing accepts no liability for any loss or damage, including personal injury or damage to property.

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