Pure Amusements: Chinese Scholar Culture and Emulators


Seattle Art Museum Downtown
Mondays and Wednesdays–Sundays


Celebrate relaxation and leisure at this exhibit highlighting the artistic and the functional, with Chinese works including prints, sculpture, furnishings, and ceramics. Showcasing pieces from SAM's collection, this exhibit (not limited to a specific time period) will offer examples of intentional and beautiful design in a variety of media. They add, "However, luxury could not be acquired carelessly. Connoisseur handbooks defined principles of consumption to avoid the vulgarity of mere extravagance. Pleasure—believed to improve one’s health—was derived through a sense of play, and not taking one’s possessions too seriously."

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Seattle Art Museum

1300 First Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
Hours: Wed-Mon

Venue Hours
  • Wed-Mon
Event Times
  • Mondays and Wednesdays–Sundays