Chinese Art


Chinese Art

Hammer Building, Level 2: Artworks on view

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. 

Probably Shakyamuni (Shijiamouni), the Historical Buddha
c. 700–800
Shanxi Province
Lidded Ritual Food Cauldron with Interlaced Dragons
c. 500–450 B.C.
Jiangxi Province, Jingdezhen
Foliated Platter with the Eight Buddhist Symbols, Flowers, and Waves
c. 1340–1368
Oval Tray with Pavilion on a Garden Terrace
c. 1279–1368

New Acquisition: Feng Mengbo: Long March: Restart

Best known for his video-based art, Feng Mengbo was the first Chinese artist invited to exhibit at documenta in 1997 (and again in 2002). He also participated in the Venice Biennale in 1993 and, 10 years later, in the first official Chinese Pavilion of the Biennale. Initially materialized as a series of oil paintings of “game snapshots,” the video game Long March: Restart took Feng 15 years to complete…

2014: The Year of the Horse

Chinese New Year begins tomorrow, January 31, 2014. To celebrate, we will talk about several pieces from LACMA’s permanent collection of Chinese art that feature the auspicious horse, which is this year’s zodiac. For thousands of years, equines have been one of the most popular animals depicted in Chinese art, and the following examples only provide a glimpse into the rich historical and symbolic significance of horses…