Khubilai Khan

The exhibition is made possible by Bank of America.

The exhibition is also made possible by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Dillon Fund, The Henry Luce Foundation, Wilson and Eliot Nolen, The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Foundation, the Oceanic Heritage Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Florence and Herbert Irving, and Jane Carroll.

It is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

The catalogue is made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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The World of Khubilai Khan: Chinese Art in the Yuan Dynasty - A Retrospective

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The exhibition The World of Khubilai Khan: Chinese Art in the Yuan Dynasty highlights the new art forms and styles created in China under the Yuan dynasty. The unification of China under the Khubilai Khan and the massive influx of foreign craftsmen from all over the vast Mongol Empire generated over a century of incredible artistic and creative innovation.

James Watt traces the evolution of the arts under the Yuan dynasty—and the history of the Mongol Empire—through images and patterns as they moved across Asia, brought by extraordinary craftsmen from the once-great Central Asian cities to the new Mongol capitals. These craftsmen brought styles from West Asia, India, and even Europe to Khubilai's new capital of Beijing, creating new forms by blending styles, images, and techniques, and contributing to the incredible evolution of the arts in Yuan China.

James C. Y. Watt, Brooke Russell Astor Chairman, Department of Asian Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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The World of Khubilai Khan

Chinese Art in the Yuan Dynasty

September 28, 2010–January 2, 2011

Accompanied by a catalogue

This exhibition covers the period from 1215, the year of Khubilai's birth, to 1368, the year of the fall of the Yuan dynasty in China founded by Khubilai Khan, and features every art form, including paintings, sculpture, gold and silver, textiles, ceramics, lacquer, and other decorative arts, religious and secular. The exhibition highlights new art forms and styles generated in China as a result of the unification of China under the Yuan dynasty and the massive influx of craftsmen from all over the vast Mongol Empire—with reverberations in Italian art of the fourteenth century.