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

(212) 744 8181

China Institute is working virtually due to COVID 19
China Institute Gallery plans to reopen in Spring 2023

At present, the Gallery is offering a vibrant virtual experience with digital access to past exhibitions in the field of Chinese art:

Virtual Exhibition

Art in a Time of Chaos: Masterworks from Six Dynasties China, 3rd-6th Centuries


This innovative exhibition presents archeological findings in recent decades to provide the first major survey of the origin of Chinese art from four artistic disciplines: Ceramic, Sculpture, Calligraphy and Painting, and explore its impact through Chinese history and worldwide.

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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 60 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.

Upcoming Events

Arts Programs

Spring Literati Salon: Along the Hudson River

Live program, May 18, 6:30-8pm
Come to China Institute to experience a literati salon (文人雅集) inspired by ancient traditions, and enjoy an evening of classical music, poetry, calligraphy—and wine! Tea and wine will be served.

Artists and Hostess:
Yimin Miao (缪宜民): woodwind virtuoso and educator
Zhou Yi (周懿): pipa/qin soloist and educator
Steve Booke: guitar player/musician and composer
Xiaoping Zhou (周晓平):calligrapher
Shenzhan Liao (廖申展): Hostess of the event and head of the School of Chinese Studies at China Institute

About “Literati Salons” — At China’s traditional “literati salons,” scholars connected with nature, art, and music while sipping tea and wine. At the most famous of these events, the Orchid Pavilion Gathering (兰亭雅集) in the year 353, 42 gentlemen held a famous drinking contest, in which they floated their rice-wine cups down a winding creek as they sat along its banks. Whenever a cup stopped, the man closest to the cup had to empty it and write a poem. In the end, they produced 37 poems and Wang Xizhi (王羲之 produced Preface to the Poems of the Orchid Pavilion (《兰亭集序》), the finest calligraphic art in China’s history. The event has since fueled inspiration for all forms of Chinese art.

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