Exhibitions/ Masterpieces of Chinese Painting from the Metropolitan Collection

Masterpieces of Chinese Painting from the Metropolitan Collection

At The Met Fifth Avenue
October 31, 2015–October 11, 2016
Exhibitions are free with Museum admission.

Exhibition Overview

Over the last forty years, the Metropolitan's collection of Chinese painting and calligraphy has grown to be one of the greatest in the world. Replete with masterpieces dating from the Tang dynasty (608–917) to the present, the collection encompasses the vast historical sweep of the brush arts of China, from meticulous court painting to fiercely brushed dragons to lyrical paintings by scholars.

This exhibition, presented in two rotations, will highlight the gems of the permanent collection in a chronological display, with an emphasis on works from the Song (960–1279) and Yuan (1271–1368) dynasties.

Asia 100 logo #ChinesePainting
#AsianArt100


The exhibition is made possible by the Joseph Hotung Fund.

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Galleries 210–216

Featured Media

Video {{featuredMedia.selectedSlideIndex+1}} of {{featuredMedia.slides.length}}

Over two rotations, Masterpieces of Chinese Painting will feature more than one hundred works of Chinese painting and calligraphy. The first rotation will be on view from October 31, 2015, through April 17, 2016, and the second rotation will be on view from May 7, 2016, through October 11, 2016. The paintings and calligraphies listed here will be on view in the first rotation.

Selected Artworks

Over two rotations, Masterpieces of Chinese Painting will feature more than one hundred works of Chinese painting and calligraphy. The first rotation will be on view from October 31, 2015, through April 17, 2016, and the second rotation will be on view from May 7, 2016, through October 11, 2016. The paintings and calligraphies listed here will be on view in the second rotation.

Selected Artworks


Emperor Huizong (Chinese, 1082–1135; r. 1100–25). Finches and Bamboo (detail). Northern Song dynasty (960–1127). China. Handscroll; ink and color on silk; Image: 13 1/4 x 21 13/16 in. (33.7 x 55.4 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, John M. Crawford Jr. Collection, Purchase, Douglas Dillon Gift, 1981 (1981.278)