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Xu Beihong Museum

Xu Beihong Museum lies in No.53 Xinjiekou Beidajie, Xicheng District. It is a monumental museum featuring the life, works and precious collections of Xu Beihong, the father of Chinese modern painting. Consisting of an introductory hall and seven exhibit halls, the museum exhibits more than 1,100 pieces of his excellent works, including Chinese traditional paintings, oil paintings, sketches and seals. Also on display are a large amount of his precious collections of famous painters, art books, rubbings of stone inscription, and pictures.

Xu Beihong (1895-1953) is an outstanding and prolific painter and influential art educator. He had worked as the first president of the Chinese Central Academy of Fine Arts, and the first chairman of the Chinese Artists' Association. After eight years' study in Europe, he returned to China, and devoted himself to painting and art education. Besides, he is an enthusiastic patriot; his works, with his deep affection for the motherland, greatly inspired the suffering Chinese people. When he passed away, his wife, the incumbent curator of the museum, Liao Jingwen contributed his precious works, famous collections and other important things to the country.

In the court of the museum stands a white jade bust of Xu Beihong. The introductory hall exhibits Xu Beihong's self-portraits. Three halls display Xu Beihong's splendid Chinese traditional paintings. One of the most famous is a painting of the legend of Jiufang Gao, a remarkable man able to judge the qualities of horses. On a monumental scale, this painting shows his deep indignation and strong desire for the country's bright future. The Foolish Old Man Removing Mountains painted in 1940 encouraged people to win the victory of wars. In addition, his paintings of horses enjoy high prestige; no matter galloping horse, standing horse, or cantering horse, racing horse; they were all portrayed with human feelings of happiness or sadness.

Two halls feature his distinctive oil paintings. The well-known Five Hundred Soldiers in the Field was in praise of the Chinese people's fortitude and character. The sketches, including portraits and scenery sketches are also on display in another two halls. The last hall shows pictures and photos of the master's life and career. Here, one can see the master's tools of painting, his last collection and an uncompleted works.

Admission Fee:
Opening Hours:
09:00-12:00, 13:00-17:00 (Tuesday-Sunday)
Line 2 to Jishuitan (积水潭), and then walk to the museum.
Bus Route:
22, 38, 47, 409, 626, 726, 810, 826 to Jishuitan (积水潭桥南), then walk southwards for about 220 yards to the Xu Beihong Museum (徐悲鸿纪念馆).

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Comments and Questions

I have a paperweight from Xu Beihong that has galloping horses inside.. It is dated 1915/1975/1935. And looks to be signed. Can you give me more information about it.? It is glass and has a hole at the base to look inside and see the beautiful details in his artwork.

Reply6/10/2015 11:19:25 PMChrist Meyer,   United States

Beginning of year 2014 there was a big construction site.Would somebody confirm the new Xu Beihong Museum is finished now in July14?

Reply7/19/2014 10:27:24 AMJakob Keller,   Singapore

Daisy ( United Kingdom ) :7/27/2014 3:57:03 AM

Maybe not, because there is still no official news showing its reopen yet.

Hi i got 4 horses gazing painting with signature at right bottom with round red signature . Have it for nearly 35 years where can i get it1 verify its original painting by xu¡?can he duplicate his own painting when he was in Singapore after the world war 2 when he went to do charity work. Pls reply thks

Reply2/17/2013 4:55:45 AMirenecheong,   Australia

Peter :2/17/2013 6:04:23 PM

i think you can turn to some associations of Chinese Paiting or auction shops.

i have a print on the six horses
it has a signature and seal down
the right hand side of the picture, after going through most of xu's info i have not found one with signature and seal as above are there any?what was on original?

Reply4/26/2011 11:02:00 PMlarraine,   Australia

Larry ( United States ) :2/4/2013 6:53:27 AM

Larraine -

I also have the same print, with red seals on both sides (two on the left and one on the right) of the print plus an inscription on the left side. Have you heard anymore about this ? It was hand delivered from Hong Kong to my family in the mid-1980's from a close family friend. I am trying to find out as much as I can about it, but it has been difficult.

I have inherited a Xu Beihong painting, Spirited Horse, which was presented to my father in 1944 with an inscription on it by the artist. Is it of any interest to the museum?

Reply4/30/2011 6:24:00 PMulick gage,   Australia

Henry :5/2/2011 4:09:00 AM

yes, it is, Ulick Gage,
you can try to contact with the museum.

Oliver ( Switzerland ) :2/15/2012 8:26:45 PM

Send please pics and what you want to my adress(Metzolino@Hotmail.com).
Thank you.

I have a silk painting of a single walking horse, that also has calligraphy writing down the right side of the painting with a red seal. It measures approx. 14 x 10. After looking at Xu-Beihong work, and this site, I believe it to be an original. The horse appears to be walking. This was purchased at an Artists' estate sale here in Florida.

Reply1/3/2012 5:01:37 PManita lee,   United States

I am interested in selling my horse painting by xu-beinhong. It has the red seal and inscription with the date 1927. I live in Australia so was wondering where to have it valued and who could sell it.

Reply11/29/2011 6:00:04 PMKathy

Andy :11/29/2011 7:47:49 PM

Hi Kathy,
may be some associations of Chinese Paiting or auction shops.

Ken ( Hong Kong, China ) :12/27/2011 12:29:49 PM

Let me check for you

i have a xu beihong picture of the six horses. it is some sort of material, may be silk. it seems to be woven not painted. is there any known pictures done by him that were woven? in my research i can only find info on paper pictures. please reply thank you

Reply8/10/2011 7:35:32 PMshelly,   United States

Jill ( United States ) :10/22/2011 3:02:41 PM

I have a textile that sounds similar to yours. woven on silk with Chinese caligraphy. I am interestd in finding out more too. Mine is the single horse. I interested in knowing anything about the orgin. Jill

How do I determine if the paintings I have of Xu Beeihong work is authentic? Thank you very much. Hilary

Reply7/26/2011 9:44:53 AMHilary-Kansas City,   United States

Christ :7/26/2011 7:01:21 PM

hi Hilary,
you may take it to an expert or to the antique store.

Hi, my grandfather owns a Xu Beihong painting but am looking for a way to get it authenticated. The museum in Australia think it's real but cannot be certain. Would you know of a way to determine whether it is authentic or not?

Kind regards


Reply6/22/2011 9:58:30 PMLee,   Australia

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