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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.

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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)

For further information on exhibition rentals, including fees, logistics, and publications, please call 212-744-8181 x146, fax 212-628-4159 or email gallery@chinainstitute.org.