Inspired by Dunhuang:
Re-creation in Contemporary Chinese Art

December 14, 2013 - June 8, 2014

Like the old masters before them, modern and contemporary luminaries, such as Zhang Daqian, Zhang Hongtu, Liu Jude, Liu Dan, Yu Hong, and others, have sought inspiration from Dunhuang's ancient sculptures and murals. Inspired by Dunhuang presents the breathtaking results of their painstaking creative efforts, works which capture the experience of Dunhuang in ways that are powerfully transformative. With its carefully curated group of paintings, calligraphy, sculptures, photographs, and mixed media installations encompassing a variety of themes and forms, this exhibition is a pioneering exploration of the historical, literary, artistic, and conceptual nature of the inspiration and influence exerted by Dunhuang's thousand-year-old tradition on contemporary artistic creation.

This exhibition is organized by China Institute Gallery and curated by Willow Hai Chang, Director of China Institute Gallery, and Jerome Silbergeld, the P. Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Professor of Chinese Art History and Director of the Tang Center for East Asian Art at Princeton University.

This exhibition is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by the generous support of the W.L.S. Spencer Foundation and China Institute Friends of the Gallery.


Yu Hong (b. 1966)
Questions for Heaven, 2010
Acrylic on canvas
197 ⅞ x 236 ¼ inches (500 x 600 cm)


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