The Middle East and the Middle Kingdom: Islamic and Chinese Artistic Exchange

February 2, 2013 - October 27, 2013

Chinese art has fascinated the outside world, especially the Islamic world, for more than a millennium. Only recently has the influence of the art of Islamic nations on China been explored, (A recent example is an exhibition at the National Palace Museum in Taipei of Mughal and Ottoman jades collected by the Qianlong emperor, the richest and most powerful man of the 18th century.) This installation, designed to complement Doris Duke’s Shangri La, highlights Chinese works with ties to the Islamic world.

Organized by Laurie Barnes, Elizabeth B. McGraw Curator of Chinese Art, Norton Museum of Art
This exhibition is made possible in part through the generosity John and Heidi Niblack.