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Upcoming Exhibitions

China Then and Now

Sponsored by HSBC Private Bank
November 22, 2014 - March 8, 2015

Chinese, Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) Dragon Jar with Cover (one of pair), 1662-1722
Porcelain, blue and white
Overall: 3 3/8 x 3 9/16 inches
The Frick Collection, New York (1965.8.164,165)
  Chinese, Qing Dynasty (1644-1912)
Pi-tung (Brush holder), 1662-1722
Porcelain, blue and white
5 9/16 x 4 inches
The Frick Collection, New York (1965.8.216)
  Chinese, Qing Dynasty (1644-1912)
Triple Gourd Vase (one of pair),
Porcelain, blue and white
9 15/16 x 5 1/4 inches
The Frick Collection, New York (1965.8.121)

China Then and Now brings together exemplary Chinese works of art from the classical, early modern and contemporary periods. The exhibition explores three millennia of one of the world’s most important artistic traditions from the perspective of American collectors on Long Island, such as Childs and Frances Frick and the Arthur M. Sackler family.

China Then and Now unfolds over three galleries, each of which showcases the elegant beauty of Chinese art of a different era and medium. The exhibition opens with eleven large-scale classical stone sculptures lent by the Arthur M. Sackler Collections at Columbia University. At the heart of China Then and Now, is an installation of blue-and-white porcelains from the Ming and Qing eras (17th to 18th centuries) collected by Childs and Frances Frick and on loan, for the first time, from The Frick Collection in New York. This display reunites these works with their original setting, the Georgian-style Bryce-Frick mansion that is today the home of the Nassau County Museum of Art. A final gallery presents extraordinary ink paintings by the renowned Beijing artist Liu Dan (born 1953) whose works bridge traditional forms with contemporary practices.

On view from November 22, 2014 through March 8, 2015, China Then and Now sheds new light on a fascinating chapter in America’s engagement with China and its arts. This exhibition reveals the passion of American collectors of both the past and present for the culture and history of China.

Sponsored by HSBC Private Bank, China Then and Now is co-organized by guest curators Amy G. Poster, Curator Emerita of Asian Art at the Brooklyn Museum, and Kaijun Chen, Ph.D.