The Exhibition of Archaeological Finds of the People's Republic of China
December 13, 1974 – March 30, 1975
Ground Floor, All Galleries including the West Corridor (18,000 sq. ft.)
This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.
Overview: 385 objects were selected from thousands excavated in the People's Republic of China from 1949 to 1972. Included were bronzes, pottery, and textiles ranging from prehistory to the late 14th century A.D. Special features were the bronze "flying horse" of Kansu and a burial suit of jade laced with threads of gold.
Organization: At the time the largest exhibition ever held at the Gallery, this was the first show to be handled by the separately established department of installation and design. Gaillard F. Ravenel and George Sexton designed special cases in which the chronologically arranged objects could be seen from all sides. John Hand was coordinator at the Gallery.
Sponsor: The exhibition was supported at the National Gallery by a grant from IBM Corporation.
Folder: Floor plan, explanatory text, and list of terms produced by the National Gallery of Art, 1974.
Catalog: The Chinese Exhibition: An Illustrated Handlist of the Exhibition of Archaeological Finds of the People's Republic of China. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1974.
The Exhibition of Archaeological Finds of the People's Republic of China, text provided by the Organization Committee of the Exhibition of Archaeological Finds of the People's Republic of China. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1974.
Other Venues: Petit Palais, Paris, May 8–September 2, 1973
Royal Academy of Arts, London, September 29, 1973–January 23, 1974
Österreichisches Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Vienna, February 23–April 20, 1974
Östasiatiska Museet, Stockholm, May 12–July 6, 1974
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, August 8–November 16, 1974
Nelson Gallery-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Missouri, April 20–June 8, 1975
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, June 28–August 28, 1975