A Day on the Grand Canal with the Emperor of China


Minneapolis Institute of Art Fri, Apr 20, 2018 6:30 PM
The Main 5 Thu, May 3, 2018 9:20 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$14.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Festival Programs:Special Presentations
Focus Country: China
Best of Fest
Asian Interest
Release Year:1988
Runtime:46 min
Print Source:Milestone
Director:Philip Haas
Producer:Philip Haas
Cinematographer:Curtis Clark
Screenwriter:David Hockney
Editor:Curtiss Clayton
Composer:Mark Wilkinson
Principal Cast:David Hockney


Take a journey through 17th century China, guided by director Phillip Hass and artist David Hockney. A Day on the Grand Canal with the Emperor of China highlights one of seven scrolls depicting Emperor Kangxi’s tours of his southern empire in 1689. Breathtaking and detailed, the scroll’s imagery has been meticulously preserved, and as an audience we are whisked on a journey of land, history and art. The scroll itself was painted by artist Wang Hui (1632-1717), and its contents are compared with a later edition painted by Xu Yang.

Charmingly narrated by Hockney, Grand Canal is both an adventure and a lively re-imagining of an era some three hundred years past. Fully titled A Day On The Grand Canal with the Emperor of China or: Surface is Illusion But so is Depth, the film was first released on March 19th in 1988.

Director Biography

Famed English artist David Hockney was born in 1937 his career as a painter, photographer, designer and printmaker spans over 60 years. Artist, director and screenwriter Phillip Haas was born in 1954 and is well-known for his work in film and sculpting.



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