Welcoming the Chinese new year of the pig

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Happy Chinese New Year!

As we say farewell to the year of the dog and welcome the year of the pig we are looking forward to our annual celebrations at the gallery.  Did you know we have two galleries dedicated to Lord Lever's Chinese ceramics which highlight his collection of 17th and 18th century porcelain which dates back to the 2nd century BCE ? Lever's incredible collection comprises of 1,000 works of art which can be searched and viewed in our extensive online catalogue, and are accompanied by a series of essays that place the collection, and Lever the collector, in the context of late 19th and early 20th century art collecting and Chinese art collecting in particular. His Chinese collection consists primarily of 17th-18th century porcelain (Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong periods) with smaller collections of reverse paintings on glass, cloisonné, jade and other hardstones, snuff bottles and earlier ceramics of the Han, Tang and Song dynasties (2nd century BCE - 14th century AD). Beautiful to look at you can lose yourself in the detail of the broad array of objects for hours. Our celebrations this year take place throughout February and include: 20 February, 10am Join the Liverpool Confucius institute for an afternoon of Chinese cultural activities. The Liverpool Confucius Institute is a collaboration between the University of Liverpool, Xi’an Jiaotong University and Hanban, the Chinese government agency to promote Chinese language and culture with a variety of activities. 21 February, 2-3pm Chinese New Year recital: An afternoon of music performed by students from the Wycombe Abbey International School, China. The programme will include works by Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt. 24 February 10am - 4pm Entry to the gallery and events are all free, donations welcome.