- Fully illustrated guide to the new museum with over 150 images
- Explores the building, designed by I. M. Pei, its gardens and its collections
The new Suzhou Museum, built by the internationally famous I. M. Pei, was opened to the public in October 2006. The Museum reflects the continuity of the architectural style of historical Suzhou and embodies Pei’s design philosophy of tradition, innovation and diversity. It blends with its neighbouring gardens and landscapes – each reflecting and enhancing the other’s glories. This book explores the building and gardens and highlights pieces from the Museum’s collections which include paintings, calligraphy, ceramics and Ming and Qing Dynasty art. Suzhou is a city with 2,500 years of history and the museum is the epitome of that history and of the very special garden and water culture for which Suzhou is famous. It is a fitting tribute to the unique local character of one of China’s most beautiful cities.