Virtual Gallery

During this challenging time, China Institute Gallery is still here for you—our virtual doors are open! We are now offering vibrant digital content, providing access to our past exhibits and the field of Chinese art. Our online Art Workshops offer interactive exercises for schoolchildren and families, and you can now enjoy our exhibits from the comfort of your couch. We have also launched a Chinese art blog on the Institute’s social media channels via #ArtFriday.

The China Institute Gallery has been bringing Chinese art to the public since 1966, presenting more than 100 exhibitions of calligraphy, painting, ceramics, bronzes, jade, decorative art, folk art, architecture, photography, textiles, and contemporary art covering 5,000 years of Chinese history.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department Of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Virtual Exhibitions:

Take a journey through our past exhibitions, allowing you to explore objects and installation views, and view video tours. Currently, Virtual Exhibitions include:

Explore our other past exhibitions.

Free “ArtFun” Workshops

Our “ArtFun” workshops invite individuals and families to experience the fun of making art with your hands.

Fun in Paper Folding


Ink Painting

Stay tuned for more workshops!


Dont forget to join us on Instagram for #ArtFridays, highlighting essential artworks and exhibitions to deepen your understanding of Chinese art.

Friends of the Gallery (FOTG) Membership:

FOTG ArtBlogs provide the latest news in the art field, inviting you to appreciate artworks, and expand your cultural knowledge through explorations of poetry and exhibitions.

Click here to learn more about FOTG membership.

Download ArtBlog #1 – The Art of Six Dynasties China.

Download ArtBlog #2 – April 2020 Art News.

Upcoming Exhibition

Although we are temporarily closed stay tuned for updates on our upcoming exhibition:

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

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 Fall 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