Traveling Exhibitions

China Institute Gallery offers an array of exhibitions for hire drawing on over 5,000 years of Chinese history from the Neolithic period to the present day. Partnering with some of the world’s leading Chinese art institutions, China Institute Gallery currently has the below exhibitions available for hire:

Treasures for Buddha
The Legendary Offerings from Dabao’en Temple in Nanjing
11th-19th Centuries

This exhibition, on view at China Institute Gallery Fall 2021, is available for travel from Spring 2022.

An underground palace at the site of Dabao’en Temple in Nanjing yielded the most important archaeological discovery of 2008a gilded Ashoka Stupa. The largest and most refined of the world’s extant concealed stupas to contain the Buddha’s remains, Treasures for Buddha will showcase the Chinese national treasure to highlight the long history of the celebrated the temple.

The subject of Buddhist offerings and its associated practices will be exhibited for the first time to American audiences, visualized through the display of 100 magnificent Song dynasty bronze, glass, and silk-wrapped artifacts. The unearthed Ashoka Stupa, along with the superb objects with which it was hidden, not only introduce to audiences the refined craftsmanship of outstanding artworks that served the practice of Buddhism in the region but moreover, reveal centuries of cultural exchange and the Buddhist beliefs that comforted people over hundreds of years.

This exhibition is organized by China Institute Gallery and the Nanjing Museum Administration, under the direction of Willow Weilan Hai, Director of China Institute Gallery. The exhibition’s curators are Cao Zhijun of the Nanjing Museum Administration and Wu Tian.


$75,000 for 12 weeks

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Art of The Mountain: Through the Chinese Photographer’s Lens

This exhibition, on view at China Institute Gallery from February 2018-August 2019, is available for travel in fall 2019. Exhibiting 80 works of art that explore the significance of mountains in Chinese legends, Art of the Mountain consists of three sections that explore the past, present, and future of Chinese mountain photography.

Revered Mountains of China introduces the geography, history, legends, and culture that are associated with Chinese mountains and includes photographs by Hou Heliang, Kang Songbai and Kang Liang, Li Daguang, Lin Maozhao, Li Xueliang, Lu Hao, Zhang Anlu, Xiao Chao, Yan Shi, Wang Jing, Zhang Jiaxuan, Zhang Huajie, and Zheng Congli. Landscape Aesthetics in Photography presents Wang Wusheng’s photography of Mount Huangshan, also known as Yellow Mountain, to reflect the renowned Chinese landscape painting aesthetic and its influence. New Landscape Photography includes the works of Hong Lei, Lin Ran, Lu Yanpeng, Shao Wenhuan, Taca Sui, Xiao Xuan’an, Yan Changjiang, Yang Yongliang, Yao Lu, Zeng Han, Gao Hui, and Feng Yan, who express their thoughts on the role of mountains in society.

The exhibition is organized by China Institute Gallery and is curated by Willow Weilan Hai, Director, China Institute Gallery; Jerome Silbergeld, P. Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Professor of Chinese Art History at Princeton University, Emeritus; and photography critic and photographer Jiang Rong.


$7,500 1 month
$13,500 for 2 months

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The Beauty of Chinese Gardens: Photographs by David H. Engel

This exhibition, currently exhibited at Boise Art Museum, showcases 40 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.


$1,500 for up to 2 months
$2,000 for 3-5 months
$2,500 for 6+ months

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