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Yin Jinan
Professor, Department of Art History
China Central Institute of Fine Arts


China's ancient civilization and art require the constant rediscovery and reflection of the current age. The work of contemporary archaeologists and art historians should bring about more extensive exchange. Through the Internet -- the most succinct and most rapid way to transmit academic scholarship - we may realize the possibilities of increased scholarly communication. Although providing recent reports from the field is the original intent of this undertaking, it is also the substance upon which to construct an active space for reflection.

In this issue, we take advantage of the current Chinese History Museum exhibition of Buddhist images from the Longxing Temple in Qingzhou, Shandong, to look back on the state of the field of Chinese Buddhist art over the last few years, in addition to discussing issues relevant to the Qingzhou Buddhist statuary. Accordingly, essays have been solicited from Zhang Zong (Institute of Religious Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences) and Lang Tianyong (Department of Art History, China Central Institute of Fine Arts). Reports and discussions relating to the Buddhist art at Qingzhou appear in Wenwu 1998.2, including "Clearing-up of a Storage Pit of Buddhist Icons in the Longxing Temple at Qingzhou, Shandong," compiled by the Qingzhou Museum, and "Thoughts Regarding Qingzhou Archaeology of the Northern and Southern Dynasties Period," by Yang Hong (Archaeology Institute, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences). Before long, Professor Su Bai (Archaeology Department, Beijing University) will publish an article in Wenwu entitled, "A Few Questions About the Buddhist Statues from the Pit at the Longxing Temple in Qingzhou."

 


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Yin Jinan
Central Academy of Fine Arts


Feature
From Inherited Tradition A Dazzling Revelation: A Report on the Statues Recently Excavated from a Storage Pit at the Longxing Temple, Qingzhou
by Lang Tianyong

On the State of the Field
Summary of Recent Research in Buddhist Art
by Zhang Zong

Excavation & Exhibition
Returned to Light: Buddhist Statuary from Longxing Temple, Qingzhou
by Bruce Doar

Exhibition Announcement
"Returned to Light: Masterpieces of Buddhist Statuary from Qingzhou City"
by Zhang Jinhua

Critique
Where Is The Road? The Development of Chinese Museums in a Market Economy
by Yin Tongyun

Select Bibliography on the Qingzhou Excavation



Review
Passing through Space and Time, Re-Viewing the Brilliant Past: Observations on the "Exhibition of Cultural Artifacts from the Xinjiang Silk Road"
by Gong Guoqiang

Exhibition Announcement
"Special Exhibition of Buildings and Pavilions in Paintings" at the Palace Museum, Beijing
by Fu Dongguang

Exhibition Announcement
"Calligraphy and Painting by the Eight Masters of Yangzhou"
by Liu Yurui


Three Kingdoms Bamboo Manuscripts at Zoumalou, Changsha, Hunan
by He Junhong

Exquisitely Painted Figurines from Qin Figurine Pit #2
by He Junhong


Nixi Cura


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