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Past Event

Saturday University: Bonsai, Southern Chinese Style

Mar 16 2019

Seattle Art Museum

Plestcheeff Auditorium

10 AM – 11:30 AM

A Southern Chinese Tradition of Bonsai: The Lingnan School of Penjing

Aarin Packard, Pacific Bonsai Museum

Bonsai—a Japanese term—actually originated in China, where it is known as penjing. The Lingnan style of penjing is one of the largest and most popular styles still practiced in China today.

The Lingnan school originated in Southern China, primarily in the Cantonese-speaking area of Guangdong. That area’s unique landscape and progressive artistic community influenced the creation of the formal yet highly flexible approach to shaping miniature trees. Aarin Packard, curator of Pacific Bonsai Museum (PBM), will discuss the history and stylistic nuances of Lingnan penjing and the similarities of the current exploration of a contemporary American style of bonsai.

Please note: South Hall doors open at 9:30 am.


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Full series tickets: $53; SAM members $28
SAVE: winter and spring series: $120; SAM members $62
Individual lecture tickets available at the door: $11, SAM members $6; free at the door for students with ID
Please arrive to your seat 10 minutes before the program starts, or your seat may be released.
Photo: Pacific Bonsai Museum

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