traveling exhibitions

Inspired by Dunhuang:
Re-creation in Contemporary Chinese Art

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.

Exhibition Schedule
China Institute Gallery December 14, 2013 – June 8, 2014
Available Any 3-month period beginning in July 2014


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

Art in a Time of Chaos:
Innovative Trends in Six Dynasties China
Part I: Southern Dynasties
(In collaboration with the Nanjing Museum)

Part II: Northern Dynasties
(In collaboration with the Shanxi Museum)

Chinese archaeology in the last twenty years witnessed an unprecedented period in the excavation of Six Dynasties art. Extraordinary works of art have been unearthed, and the ensuing scholarly research has significantly altered the understanding of this chaotic, four-hundred-year period of political upheaval, geographical division and civil strife. Not only is the Six Dynasties a pivotal link in the historical timeline between the Han and Tang dynasties, it has been recognized as the historical period that laid down the foundation for Chinese art. In ceramics, sculpture, painting and calligraphy, artists and artisans of the Six Dynasties spearheaded dynamic and vigorous artistic innovations that became instrumental in the evolution of Chinese art. Art in a Time of Chaos: Innovative Trends in Six Dynasties China will explore these creative individuals and the numerous techniques, theories and iconographies that have had insurmountable impact in the development of Chinese art throughout the ages.

On view will be important works of celadon, pottery, stone sculptures, brick carvings, calligraphy and mural paintings meticulously selected from the Nanjing Museum and the Shanxi Museum.

This exhibition is co-curated by Willow Weilan Hai Chang, Director of China Institute Gallery; Annette Juliano, Professor of Asian Art History at Rutgers University; Gong Liang, Director of the Nanjing Museum; Bai Ning, Director of the Nanjing Municipal Museum; and Shi Jinming, Director of the Shanxi Museum.

The exhibition will be presented in two parts at China Institute Gallery, but the hosting institution may choose to exhibit both parts simultaneously.

Exhibition Schedule
China Institute Gallery (Part I) January 29—June 7, 2015
China Institute Gallery (Part II) September 17—December 13, 2015
OPTION I (Part I and II combined) Summer 2015
OPTION II (Part I only) Fall 2015
OPTION III (Part II only) Spring 2016


Carved pillar base
Northern Wei dynasty,
the second half of the fifth century (386–534)
12 ⅝ x 12 ⅝ inches (32 x 32 cm)

The Beauty of Chinese Gardens

This exhibition showcases 38 black-and-white photographs of classical gardens in the Suzhou and Shanghai regions of China. Taken by David Engel in the 1980s, these photographs capture the unique architectural and aesthetic elements of private gardens in the lower Yangzi region. The serene and beautiful images offer visitors a striking glimpse into how man-made architecture can be ingeniously fused with the natural environment.
We offer to loan this exhibition free of charge. In return, the hosting institution would agree to cover all expenses related to the loan and to publicize and promote China Institute’s programs through their website, emails, and promotional materials.

Available Immediately


David Engel
Moon Fate
1980s
The Garden of Cultivation, Suzhou

First built in 1882
Photograph: 11 ¾x 10 5/8 inches (30 x 27 cm)
China Institute


“[China Institute Gallery] consistently produces some of the best Asian shows in town, with first rate material, handsome installations and catalogues by some of the more glamorous specialists in the field…and exemplifies the curatorial direction museums should be taking today.”

(Holland Cotter, The New York Times, September 19, 2003)

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