Chinese art, museums, galleries, artists

Art in China (The People’s Republic of China)
Chinese artists, Chinese art museums and galleries, arts organizations, art in Beijing, Shanghai and Hubei; a guide to websites

See also: Famous Chinese artists, a list


Art Beijing
Almost 100 galleries, including artists from China and abroad.

Art history/the history of Chinese art *

China Culture
Extensive portal of the Chinese Ministry of Culture, includes: modern art, crafts, archeology, calligraphy, painting, literature, architecture and events.

Chinese art, calligraphy, painting, ceramics, carving at The China Online Museum.

Ming Dynasty, Wikipedia entry.

The National Art Museum of China

Qing Dynasty, Wikipedia entry.

Tang Dynasty, Wikipedia entry.

Taoism and the Arts of China

Dynasties in Chinese History, Wikipedia entry.

The Historical Wonders of Sanxingdui
The site of Sanxingdui, located in the city of Guanghan, 40 km from Chengdu, Sichuan Province, is recognized as one of the most important ancient remains in the world for its vast size, lengthy period and enriched cultural contents.

History of Chinese art. 
Exhibitions of the Guggenheim Museums in New York and Bilbao. Universes-in-Universe

The Palace Museum

Wikimedia Commons image gallery of Chinese art.

Wikipedia entry on Chinese art.

World Heritage in China
Cities, cultural sites and landscapes of China, included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

World Heritage Preservation in China, a list of historical sites.

The Sakyamuni Buddha, by Zhang Shengwen, c.117...
The Sakyamuni Buddha, by Zhang Shengwen, c.1173-1176 AD, Chinese Song Dynasty period. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Artists: portals and directories *

Artists directory.
Chinese artists directory: art shown in art museums.  Artcyclopedia

Asia-Art-Net. Chinese Brush Paintings and Artists 

The National Art Museum of China

Art Scene China
Contemporary art from China, a gallery with articles, screensavers and Chinese art links.

Art museums *

See: Art museums in China, a list of websites.


Beijing art museums and art galleries *

See: Beijing art museums and art galleries

Beijing Art Museum (National Art Museum)


Song Dong Waste Not bottle caps
Waste Not’ by Song Dong

Buddhism in China

ArtLex on Buddhist Art and Buddhism


Century Online
China Art Networks. News, artworks, exhibitions.

China Academy of Art
The China Academy of Art is the most influential academy of fine arts with the most complete range of degree offerings and programs of study in China.

Chinese Art Links
Online galleries of Chinese art, traditional and modern.

Chinese symbols,  tattoos, calligraphy,art & crafts.
Chinese character translation, kanji symbol tattoos, Chinese brush calligraphy scrolls & frames, zodiac chop making, dragon seal carvings, lion stamp engraving, custom paper-cuts, Chinese bottle gourd carvings and other crafts.


Confucius (K’ung-fu-tzu or Kongfuzi).
A summary and explanation of terms.

Confucius, The Analects

The Record of Rites speeches, full text of The Lun Yu. A multi-lingual site.

The cultural revolution

The Cultural Revolution
Virtual Museum of the Cultural Revolution.

Contemporary Chinese artists *

A database for contemporary Chinese artists.

Artists. Contemporary artists, a list from

Bibliography of Contemporary Chinese Art
Including Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Diaspora. Stanford University

Contemporary Chinese art/ Avant-garde Chinese art. ArtSceneChina.
An online gallery of contemporary art from China. Some of China’s most well-established avant-garde, figurative and up-and-coming artists. Online gallery, exhibitions, articles, artist information, Chinese art web links.

Contemporary Chinese artists, a web listing of galleries in Beijing, London and New York.

Domus China
Contemporary Chinese art and design.

A systematic directory of annotated links to Chinese artist webpages.

Venice Biennale, Chinese entries.

Vitamin Creative Space
Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou,explores an alternative working mode specifically geared to the contemporary Chinese context. In order to operate independently from institutionalized funding. it is active both as an independent art space and as a ‘commercial’ gallery.

Cube Light by Ai Weiwei 2008
“Cube Light” by Ai Weiwei, 2008 Exhibition “So Sorry”

Famous Chinese artists *

See: Famous Chinese artists, a list

E A China arts portal: 
Chinese painting, conceptual arts, watercolour, photography & print, sculpture & ceramic, Chinese calligraphy, Shanghai School Of Art from 1820, New Yunnan School, art institutions.


Galleries and art dealers in China, gallery directories *

Galleries in Beijing

Galleries in Shanghai

Saatchi Gallery list of dealers and galleries in China.

Art Scene China
A China-based Chinese art gallery featuring modern & contemporary Chinese art by more than 30 leading contemporary Chinese artists.

Gallery of China, Lancaster, England
An online retailer of traditional Chinese paintings. All paintings are originals by accomplished Chinese artists, recommended by established consultants in Chinese art.

Gallery of China
A selection of original contemporary and traditional Chinese paintings.


Hanart Gallery
Established in Hong Kong as a specialist in major contemporary Chinese art.

Hong Kong Arts Centre

Hong Kong Museum of Art


Matchbooks Matchcovers & Matchbox Labels
Oriental matchbox labels, featuring Chinese paintings, Chinese calligraphy, oriental beauties, folk arts, Chinese Cultural Revolution, Peking Opera, martial arts, Zodiac animals, Chinese Astrology, Feng Shui and more.

Museums of Chinese art *

See: Art museums in China, a list of websites.


A leading magazine for connoisseurs and collectors of Asian art.


Paper art in China, Wikipedia entry.


Porcelain painting. 
A directory of porcelain painting and painters in China and around the world.


Qing Dynasty, Wikipedia entry.


Shanghai *

Museums in Shanghai

Liu Hai Su Art Museum
Works of Liu Hai Su, co-founder of China New Art Movement; his collection of ancient and modern art.

China Art Museum

MOCA Shanghai
Museum of Contemporary Art. Non-profit, independent institution, funded by the Samuel Kung Foundation. Chinese and international contemporary art.

Shanghai Museum
A large museum of ancient Chinese art (120,000 pieces).

Zendai MoMA
Zendai Museum of Modern Art

Galleries in Shanghai

Art Labor Gallery
Aat labor is a contemporary gallery, with an area of galleries, called the Central Galleries, located in the former French Concession neighbourhood.

Art Scene China
Deals with works by contemporary artists from throughout China, presented in the gallery and on the website.

Art Scene Warehouse
Gallery for contemporary art from China, in a 1800 square metre space located in the Suzhou Creek  area of Shanghai.

Showcasing established and emerging contemporary artists, Art+Shanghai has its pulse on the sprawling Chinese contemporary art scene.

Aura Art
Contemporary art gallery representing a group of young artists: paintings, prints, photographs, videos and installations.

Creek Art Center
Cultural center with a contemporary art gallery.

Frontline Contemporary
With an exclusive focus on mainland Chinese artists producing the highest quality of contemporary & avant-garde art, front line contemporary connects the discerning collector in Shanghai and abroad with China’s top artists.

As one of the first galleries in Shanghai dedicated to exhibiting contemporary and fine art photography, m97’s goal is to exhibit the most interesting and innovative photography work in China, across all genres of the medium.

1918 Artspace
The basis and focus for art and culture-related events at 1918 ArtSPACE is the work of Chinese contemporary artists, while at the same time looking to embrace the international art world, by uniting the best work of Chinese and foreign artists to engage in a creative dialogue and exchange art and culture.

O PiziArte

Osage Gallery
Contemporary Asian art.


Saatchi Gallery list of dealers and galleries in China.

An early gallery for contemporary art in Shanghai. The website includes extensive information on Chinese art.

Shine Artspace

Yibo Gallery
Contemporary Chinese art, focused on middle-aged and young artists.

Photographs and paintings of old Shanghai by Sapajou. 
Tales of Old China

Shanghai Art Fair

Shanghai Biennale

Shanghai Guide. Tourist guide to Shanghai events and places.

The Shanghai Museum

The Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

Shanghai Post

Internationally acclaimed Chinese artists, as well as new and up and coming young artists from Shanghai and all over China.

A magical millennial tour of China and Chinese history.


The terracotta army *

Terracotta ArmyTerracotta warriors, Museum of Qin Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses. 
China Travel Guide


Wikipedia entry on Chinese art.

World Heritage Preservation in China

Wuhan *

Hubei Institute of Fine Arts
Hubei Insitute of Fine Arts is regarded as one of the best academies of fine arts in China. As one of China’s three oldest art colleges, it is also one of the cradles of higher education of fine arts in modern China.

Hubei Museum of Art

Hubei Provincial Museum

Wuhan Museum

Recent Chinese artists *

Du Xinjian.  A contemporary Chinese artist who paints surrealist-style oil paintings. 

Zhang Cuiying (Xang Caixing). Traditional Chinese ink and brush paintings. A world tour.

Xiaodong, Liu. Liu Xiaodong,

Liu Xiaodong.

Yang Fudong. Wikipedia entry.

Yang Fudong. Shanghai Art Gallery

Xue Jiye, painter and sculptor.