Current Exhibition

Art in a Time of Chaos: Masterworks From Six Dynasties China, 3rd – 6th Centuries

Now through March 19, 2017

Exhibition Overview:

The Six Dynasties period, from the 3rd to 6th centuries, was one of the most dynamic periods in Chinese art history, akin to the European Renaissance in the impact it had on artistic creativity and the celebration of individual expression. Over the past twenty years, archaeological excavations have unearthed extraordinary works of art, forever altering scholarly understanding of this chaotic, four-hundred-year period of political upheaval, geographical division and civil strife. Not only was the Six Dynasties period a pivotal link in the historical timeline between the Han and Tang dynasties, but it is increasingly recognized for having laid the foundation for Chinese artistic standards, genres, subjects, and important themes that continue to define Chinese art today. This exhibition will present the artistic innovations and achievements evidenced by recent archaeological findings from both the Southern and Northern Dynasties across four major disciplines: ceramics, sculpture, calligraphy and painting. Each of these disciplines provides a different glimpse into daily and ritual life during this time. Through instability came great artistic innovation, resulting in the emergence of enduring subjects, genres, and themes. This exhibition will highlight these lasting elements of Six Dynasties art, allowing visitors to see and better understand the trajectory of Chinese art that continues to today.

China Institute Gallery Address

100 Washington Street, New York, NY 10006
Temporary entrance: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006
Phone: 212-744-8181 Fax: 212-628-4159
Email: [email protected]

Gallery Hours (During Exhibitions)

Monday – Friday: 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Thursday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Saturday: 11:00AM – 5:00PM
Sunday: 11:00AM – 5:00PM
Closed: between exhibitions, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day and other major holidays, February 20 FREE Thursdays 6:00PM – 8:00PM

Admission Fees

Members: Free
Children under 16:Free

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact: [email protected]

The exhibition has been made possible through the support of: The Henry Luce Foundation; Liu Dan, Confucius Institute at China Institute; E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation; Public Funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; Jeong Ok and William Carey; and a Humanities New York Action Grant. Accommodation support: Holiday Inn Financial District.


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