New Chinese Galleries Unveiled at Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art unveiled its New Chinese Galleries following a comprehensive 10-month, $2 million renovations and reinstallation project. The galleries’ collection will be on view at the museum through February 3, 2021.The Philadelphia Museum of Art boasts of a rich holding of Chinese art spanning more than 4,000 years of artistic achievement. This new collection brings together for the first time, a wide range of art — recently conserved works, improved lighting, and a wide variety of objects, including a stunning collection of costumes and textiles, photographs, and Contemporary art.“The first in more than 40 years for this renowned collection, it represents the next step in an ongoing series of reinstallations that began with the Rodin Museum in 2012 and continued with the renovation of the galleries of South Asian art in 2016,” the museum says.“This once-in-a-generation project will transform the experience of one of the most important parts of our collection. It will foster a greater appreciation of Chinese culture and underscore the relevance of these works to China today. Because this project is proceeding in tandem with many other ambitious changes occurring during the implementation of our Facilities Master Plan, visitors will find many surprises awaiting them whenever they visit the museum in the months ahead,” says Timothy Rub, the George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.The project was headed by Hiromi Kinoshita, The Hannah L. and J. Welles Henderson Associate Curator of Chinese Art. The reinstallation embraces Chinese art in all media — paintings, sculpture, porcelains, ceramics, carvings, metalwork, costume and textiles, furniture, and contemporary works of art.The first two galleries, titled “The Afterlife: Tombs and Immortality,” focuses on the collection’s strength in Chinese funerary art of the Han (206 BCE – 220 CE) to Tang (618–907) dynasties. The next gallery, “Looking Inwards: Nature and Self-Cultivation,” focuses on works that were made, used, or collected by Chinese scholars and artists from the Song Dynasty (960-1279 CE) onwards. “Looking Outwards: China and the West” is focused on the works from 16th century to the present. The final gallery “Ordering the Universe: The Imperial Court” features Chinese art collected and used by the court.The installations will be on view through February 3, 2021, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA.For details, visit on the slideshows for a sneak peek of the exhibition. Louise Blouin 



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