Upcoming Exhibitions and Events

China Institute Gallery is temporarily closed for maintenance
through Spring 2021


Ashoka Stupa, Song dynasty, H. 47 1/4 in. (120 cm), W. (pedestal) 15 3/4 in. (40 cm). Unearthed in 2008 from the Changgan Temple outside the Zhonghua Gate in Nanjing, Nanjing Museum Administration.

Treasures for Buddha: The Legendary Offerings from Nanjing Dabao’en Temple

Opening Spring 2021


China’s best Ashoka Stupa was unearthed from the underground palace at the site of Dabao’en Temple in Nanjing in 2008, with various accompanying treasures that reflect the practice of 11th-century Buddhist offerings. Introduced for the first time in New York to a global audience, this exhibition will also reveal the legend of the renowned Dabao’en Temple, which was ordered to be built by the Yongle Emperor in 1412, along with a nine-story-high pagoda known in the west as the “porcelain tower,” a Wonder of the Medieval World.

Curators: Cao Zhijun, Wu Tian
Directed by: Willow Weilan Hai

Organized by China Institute Gallery and Nanjing Museum Administration

Zun wine vessel in the shape of an owl, 12th century BCE, Bronze, 12 1/4 × 7 3/16 × 8 1/4 in., 8.2 lb. (31.12 × 18.26 × 20.96 cm, 3.7 kg). Bequest of Alfred F. Pillsbury, Minneapolis Institute of Art (Museum no. 50.46.116)

Eternal Offerings: Chinese Ritual Bronzes from the Minneapolis Institute of Art

Opening Fall 2021


Drawing from the renowned Pillsbury collection, this exhibition will display nearly 100 ancient works from the Shang to Qing dynasties, to explore Chinese ritual practices through different historical lenses.

Curator: Liu Yang

Organized by the Minneapolis Institute of Art

Generous support for the exhibition and related catalogue provided by the Blakemore Foundation, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor, the Bei Shan Tang Foundation, the Henry Luce Foundation, and Christie’s.

Flowers on a River: The Art of Chinese Flower and Bird Painting, Masterworks from Tianjin Museum and Changzhou Museum

Opening Spring 2022


Flower and Bird is one of China’s most highly respected art forms, along with landscape and figure painting. China Institute Gallery will embark on a systematic analysis of the genre’s Imperial, Literati, Eccentric School, and Stylized Composition paintings alongside their associated use in Chinese life. Making its international debut, this exhibition will present the genre’s major masterworks through the Ming and Qing dynasties, featuring one of the world’s most renowned paintings, Bada Shanren’s handscroll, “Flowers on a River.”

Curators: Willow Weilan Hai, Chen Zhuo, Lin Jian and David Sensabaugh

Organized by China Institute Gallery, the Tianjin Museum, and Changzhou Museum


Bada Shanren (1626–1705), Flowers on a River (detail), 1697, Ink on paper, Tianjin Museum (Museum no. 58.5.372)