Sharawadgi: Tung Chuin, A World of Gardening


From June 10, the exhibition “Sharawadgi: Tung Chuin, A World of Gardening” will be on display in Beijing. Co-hosted by the Museum of Chinese Gardens and Landscape Architecture, the Tung Chuin Memorial Hall, and the Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, this exhibition features 106 sets of surveying and mapping drawings, photographs, manuscripts, calligraphy, paintings, and rare electronic data. It is organized into three chapters, comprehensively showcasing Tung Chuin’s contributions to gardens, architecture, education, art, and literature.

Tung Chuin (1900-1983) was a modern Chinese architect and educator, recognized as a pioneer in modern Chinese landscape architecture and Western modern architecture research. He participated in the design of over 120 buildings, including the Shanghai Grand Theater and the former Ministry of Foreign Affairs building in Nanjing. Beyond his architectural expertise, Tung Chuin was an accomplished painter. For him, painting transcended mere architectural drawing—it was a lifelong passion. His architectural paintings are known for their precise forms, vibrant colors, and strong artistic appeal.

This exhibition is part of the “Gardening Masters” series at the Museum of Chinese Gardens and Landscape Architecture. It highlights the efforts and innovations of a generation of Chinese architects and gardeners, including Tung Chuin, who returned from studying abroad to shape the development of modern garden and architecture studies in China. 

The exhibition will run until September 1, 2024. It is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with free admission.