Wu Tung Curator of Chinese Art, Nancy Berliner will present a behind the scenes lecture and tour of the “China’s 8 Brokens: Puzzles of the Treasured Past” Chinese painting exhibition. This will be the first-ever exhibition dedicated to bapo (which translates to “eight brokens”) painting, a revolutionary artistic genre that emerged in China during the mid-19th century. In Chinese culture eight is a lucky number, and bapo refers to the damaged cultural ephemera hyper-realistically depicted in the paintings—worm-eaten calligraphies, partial book pages, burned paintings, remnants of rubbings and torn-open letters. They are usually arranged in a haphazard, collage-like composition, created with Chinese ink and colors on paper or silk. When bapo emerged, this unexpected imagery was radically distinct from classical Chinese landscape and figure painting, and became popular among an aspiring, urban middle class delighted by its visual trickery and sophistication. After 1949, the art form was largely forgotten, but has recently been rediscovered by contemporary artists and collectors. This exhibition will present some of the finest examples of bapo paintings dating back to the mid-19th century, as well as contemporary work by artists such as Geng Xuezhi, including several new acquisitions and loans from museums and private collections located in the United States, Europe and China.