Masterworks From Six Dynasties China Exhibition Opens in NYC

By Pauline Petro, November 24, 2016 07:11 AM

Art in a Time of Chaos: (ChinaInstitute)

An exhibition of masterworks from Six Dynasties China opened in NYC, lasting until March 19,2017, titled Art in a Time of Chaos: masterworks From Six Dynasties China, 3rd - 6th Centuries.

Reports by New York Times that this is the inaugural exhibition at the Institute's new home in Lower Manhattan. Besides, the scale is getting larger and covering two tiny rooms, this show gives people an pleasure overview of a wast swath of history.

Introduced by ChinaInstitute that the Six Dynasties period, from the 3rd to 6th centuries, was one of the most dynamic periods in Chinese art history, akin to the European Renaissance in the impact it had on artistic creativity and the celebration of individual expression.

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

 

Over the past twenty years, archaeological excavations have unearthed extraordinary works of art, forever altering the scholarly understanding of this chaotic, four-hundred-year period of political upheaval, geographical division and civil strife. 

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

 

Not only was the Six Dynasties period a pivotal link in the historical timeline between the Han and Tang dynasties, but it is increasingly recognized for having laid the foundation for Chinese artistic standards, genres, subjects, and important themes that continue to define Chinese art today. 

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

 

The exhibition will present the artistic innovation and achievements evidenced by recent archaeological findings from both the Southern and Northern Dynasties across four major disciplines: ceramic, sculpture, calligraphy and painting.Each of these disciplines provides a different glimpse into daily and ritual life during this time. Through instability came great artistic innovation, resulting in the emergence of enduring subjects, genres, and themes. 

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

 

This exhibition will highlight these lasting elements of Six Dynasties art, allowing visitors to see and better understand the trajectory of Chinese art that continues to today.

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

 

China Institute Gallery Address

100 Washington Street, New York, NY 10006
Temporary entrance: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006
Phone: 212-744-8181 Fax: 212-628-4159
Email: gallery@chinainstitute.org

Gallery Hours (During Exhibitions)

Monday – Friday: 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Thursday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
FREE Thursdays 5:00 – 8:00PM (Except closed for October 27, November 3, 10 due to other events)
Saturday and Sunday: 11:00AM – 5:00PM
Closed: October 10; November 8, 24, 25; December 24, 25, 26, 31; January 1, 2, 16; February 20
Closing at 1PM: November 23; December 23, 30

Admission Fees

Members: Free
Adults:$8
Seniors:$4
Students:$4
Children under 16:Free 

Source: China Institute

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