Metropolitan Museum examines Chinese Garden theme in special exhibit

NEW YORK – An exhibition exploring the rich interactions between pictorial and garden arts in China across more than 1,000 years will be on view Aug. 18, 2012, through Jan. 6, 2013, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Wang Xizhi Watching Geese courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art

Qian Xuan (Chinese, ca. 1235–before 1307). Wang Xizhi Watching Geese (detail). China, Yuan dynasty (1271–1368), ca. 1295. Handscroll; ink, color, and gold on paper; 9 1/8 x 36 1/2 in. (23.2 x 92.7 cm); Overall with mounting: 11 x 418 13/16 in. (27.9 x 1063.8 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Ex coll.: C. C. Wang Family, Gift of The Dillon Fund, 1973 (1973.120.6) .
Courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art

Showcasing more than 60 paintings as well as ceramics, carved bamboo, lacquerware, metalwork, textiles, and contemporary photographs, “Chinese Gardens: Pavilions, Studios, Retreats” will be displayed in eight galleries encircling The Astor Court, a Chinese garden that is modeled on a 17th-century scholars’ courtyard in the Garden of the Master of the Fishing Nets in Suzhou.

After more than a year during which the Museum hosted several major loan exhibitions in its galleries for Chinese painting, the installation, drawn entirely from the permanent collection, features many of the Metropolitan’s most important paintings.

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