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China Institute Gallery
100 Washington Street
New York 10006
entrance at 40 Rector St, 2nd floor

(212) 744 8181

September 22, 2022 – January 6, 2023
Monday to Friday 10AM to 5 PM
Closed on Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas, and New Year’s Day
China Institute Gallery plans to reopen in Spring 2023
China Institute Gallery is continuously offering a vibrant virtual experience with digital access to
past exhibitions in the field of Chinese art:

Mountains And Painting

Huang Shaofen (active 1881-1901), Teaching in Haimen (detail), handscroll, ink and color on paper, Matthew J. Edlund Dongguanlou Collection

An Educational Journey Through Landscape Art
September 22, 2022 – January 6, 2023

Open Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm
Combining photography of the renowned Chinese mountains with original Qing dynasty (1644-1911) Chinese landscape paintings from U.S. private collections, this showcase spotlights twenty-two works of art by thirteen artists, revealing the importance of mountain culture in Chinese history and art. The assembled works highlights the formats, compositions, techniques, subjects, and aesthetics of Chinese painting. This unique display provides basic knowledge of landscape painting, as well as inspire further interest in the genre and arouse and appreciation of the relationship between man and nature in Chinese culture. The Qing-dynasty artists featured in the exhibition are Dai Mingyue戴明说, Wu Tao吴滔, Huang Yi黄易, Zhang Geng张庚, Gu Linshi顾麟士, Hu Gongshou胡公寿, Dai Xi戴熙,Huang Shaofen黄绍芬, Xiang Kun项坤, Chen Chongguang陈崇光, and an unknown painter.

Mountains and Painting is made possible by the generous support of the Center for Language Education and Cooperation and an anonymous donor. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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Ancient Sound Made New: Experience the Brilliance of China’s Chime-Bells

Friday, December 16
In-person event, 6:30-8pm

China Institute invites visitors to a unique music experience with the New Dasheng Chime-Bells (大晟新钟), ceremonial carillon reconstructed based on historical models of Dasheng Bells (the Great Brilliance) of the 12th Century, connecting the sound of China’s dynastic rituals to the music world today.

This set of 20 new Dasheng Chime-bells, beautifully designed by Dr. Youping Li (李幼平) from Wuhan Conservatory of Music, are identical to their historical models except for pitches adjusted to match current and universal standards. New music for these bells with symphony orchestra, including Grand Prize winning compositions, will be performed at Carnegie Hall on December 29, when Valparaiso University will formally present the bells as a gift to China Institute, their new home in New York.

With the presence of these magnificent chime-bells, audience members will learn from three distinguished speakers—Joseph Lam, Youping Li, and Dennis Friesen-Carper—the extraordinary story of the new Dasheng Chime-bells, their journey not only a tale of cultural exchange through music, but representing U.S.-China relation in our time today. The audience will also have the opportunity to hear and interact with the bells during and after the program.

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Upcoming Exhibition

Flowers on a River: The Art of Chinese Flower and Bird Painting, 1368–1911

Masterworks from Tianjin Museum and Changzhou Museum
Opening Spring 2023
Organized by China Institute Gallery, Tianjin Museum, and Changzhou Museum

Approximately 100 masterworks by 59 artists will represent the most important works in the genre of flower and bird painting over a span of 500 years during the Ming and Qing dynasties. This exhibition will explore the academic, literati and individualistic styles and examine the use of coded imagery in these stunning depictions of flora and fauna to transmit meanings—central to Chinese art and culture—that link the natural world and the human experience.