In an unprecedented collaboration between the Guggenheim Museum and the Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China, more than 250 spectacular examples of art from 17 regions in China are presented in this in-depth exploration of the themes of innovation and transformation during the great eras of Chinese art. Spanning the Neolithic period through the mid-19th century, the works include major recent archaeological discoveries and objects never before reproduced in a Western book.
Published to accompany an exhibition organized by the Guggenheim and opening in New York City in February 1998, the book discusses and illustrates seven major mediums: jade, including examples from the Neolithic period (ca. 3500-1700 B.C.); ritual bronzes from the Shang and Zhou dynasties (ca. 1500-256 B.C.); low-fired ceramics from the Qin and Han through the Tang periods (221 B.C.-A.D. 907); porcelain from antiquity through the Song period (960-1279) and the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1911); landscape painting and calligraphy, including rare early Song handscrolls and hanging scrolls of the Yuan (1279-1368), Ming, and Qing dynasties; sculpture, including oversize stone Buddhist statues; and textiles.