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August 26, 2017 to January 6, 2019


The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
at 82nd Street
New York  New York  10028
United States
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Streams and Mountain without end: Landscape Traditions of China

About a thousand years ago, the legendary Chinese landscape painter Guo Xi posed the question, "In what does a gentleman's love of landscape consist?" This question is at the heart of the exhibition, which will explore the many uses of landscape in the Chinese visual arts.

Showcasing more than 120 Chinese landscape paintings in three rotations, the exhibition will offer gateways into the tradition, drawing out distinctions between types of landscape that may not be obvious at first glance. What initially appears to be a simple mountain dwelling, for example, is revealed to be the villa of the painter's friend, which encodes a wish for his happy retirement; what seems at first to be a simple study in dry brushwork turns out to be an homage to an old master, a sign of reverence for what had come before.

Image Credit: Ten Thousand Miles along the Yellow River (detail), datable to 1690–1722. Chinese, Qing dynasty (1644–1911). Two handscrolls; ink, color, and gold on silk, image: 30 11/16 x 505 7/8 in. (78 x 1285 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, W. M. Keck Foundation Gift, The Dillon Fund Gift and gifts from various donors, in memory of Douglas Dillon, 2006 (2006.272a, b)