China: Through the Looking Glass Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

China: Through the Looking Glass Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

China: Through the Looking Glass Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

 

China: Through the Looking Glass at The Metropolitan Museum of Art has been extended by three weeks through Labor Day, September 7. The exhibition, organized by The Costume Institute in collaboration with the Department of Asian Art, opened to the public on May 7, and has drawn more than 350,000 visitors in its first eight weeks. 

Encompassing approximately 30,000 square feet in 16 separate galleries in the Museum’s Chinese and Egyptian Galleries and Anna Wintour Costume Center, it is The Costume Institute’s largest special exhibition ever, and also one of the Museum’s largest. With gallery space three times the size of a typical Costume Institute major spring show, China has accommodated large numbers of visitors without lines.  
 
“This exhibition is one of the most ambitious ever mounted by the Met, and I want as many people as possible to be able see it,” said Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Met. “It is a show that represents an extraordinary collaboration across the Museum, resulting in a fantastic exploration of China’s impact on creativity over centuries.

To date, the exhibition’s attendance is pacing close to that of Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (2011), which was the most visited Costume Institute exhibition ever, as well as the Met’s eighth most popular.  

Museum Members will have early morning private access to the galleries from Wednesday, July 22, to Sunday, July 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., before the Museum opens to the public.

The exhibition explores the impact of Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion and how China has fueled the fashionable imagination for centuries. High fashion is juxtaposed with Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains, and other art, including films, to reveal enchanting reflections of Chinese imagery. The exhibition, which was originally set to close on August 16, is curated by Andrew Bolton. Wong Kar Wai is artistic director and Nathan Crowley served as production designer.

The exhibition is made possible by Yahoo.

Additional support is provided by Condé Nast and several Chinese donors.

 

China: Through the Looking Glass Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

China: Through the Looking Glass Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Silas Chou, Emily K. Rafferty, Wendi Murdoch, Anna Wintour, Andrew Bolton, Wong Kar Wai, Maxwell K. Hearn, Nathan Crowley, and Joe Zee China: Through the Looking Glass Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Silas Chou, Emily K. Rafferty, Wendi Murdoch, Anna Wintour, Andrew
Bolton, Wong Kar Wai, Maxwell K. Hearn, Nathan Crowley, and Joe Zee
China: Through the Looking Glass Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

China: Through the Looking Glass Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

China: Through the Looking Glass Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Exhibition Artistic Director and filmmaker Wong Kar Wai at China: Through the Looking Glass Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Exhibition Artistic Director and filmmaker Wong Kar Wai at China: Through the Looking Glass Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Exhibition Curator Andrew Bolton of The Costume Institute at China: Through the Looking Glass Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Exhibition Curator Andrew Bolton of The Costume Institute at China: Through the Looking Glass Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Maxwell K. Hearn, Douglas Dillon Chairman of the Asian Art Department at China: Through the Looking Glass Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Maxwell K. Hearn, Douglas Dillon Chairman of the Asian Art Department at China: Through the Looking Glass Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Exhibition Curator Andrew Bolton of The Costume Institute at China: Through the Looking Glass Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Exhibition Curator Andrew Bolton of The Costume Institute at China: Through the Looking Glass Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Wendi Murdoch, Anna Wintour, Silas Chou at China: Through the Looking Glass Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Wendi Murdoch, Anna Wintour, Silas Chou at China: Through the Looking Glass Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Maxwell K. Hearn, Wendi Murdoch, Liu Wen, Zhao Lei at China: Through the Looking Glass Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Maxwell K. Hearn, Wendi Murdoch, Liu Wen, Zhao Lei at China: Through the Looking Glass Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Andrew Bolton, Joe Zee at China: Through the Looking Glass Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Andrew Bolton, Joe Zee at China: Through the Looking Glass Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Andrew Bolton, Joe Zee at China: Through the Looking Glass Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Andrew Bolton, Joe Zee at China: Through the Looking Glass Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

China: Through the Looking Glass Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

China: Through the Looking Glass Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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