LACMA is pleased to announce that works from our Chinese art collection are now on view for the first time in more than five years.
Chinese art was one of the first areas collected by the museum. Our collection spans more than four thousand years and features extraordinary works ranging from ancient jade carvings to contemporary video and photography.
The new installation presents approximately forty works, ranging from the Neolithic period to modern times.
About half a year ago, Stephen Little (curator and head, Chinese and Korean Art) and I both arrived to the museum. Our first mission was to bring LACMA’s collection of Chinese art back on display. As of this past weekend, approximately forty objects are now on view. The reinstalled gallery is designed to tell the history of art in China, with each dynasty distinguished by examples that reflect the aesthetics, technology, and ideology of their time period. To achieve this goal, nothing is more illuminating than our best-known pieces...
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