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03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Carnegie Hall's Chinese Culture Festival Extends Beyond the Music World and West 57th Street to Chelsea Galleries

Athough Carnegie Hall is the presenter of the current "Ancient Paths Modern Voices" festival (http://www.carnegiehall.org/chinafestival/) in New York, celebrating Chinese culture, the festival extends far beyond the music world and august hall on West 57th Street.

A number of art galleries--many in Chelsea--and other institutions are mounting art exhibits that pay tribute to China's diverse and vibrant culture. These will be on display from this month through February, with closing dates varying by location.

In Chelsea, Arario Gallery (http://www.ararionewyork.com/html/exhibitions.asp) is displaying 28 original prints by the contemporary painter Yue Minjun, illustrating the iconic face and figure of the artist in various states of play. AW Asia (http://www.awasiany.com/) is exhibiting a new series of portraits by the contemporary Chinese artist Qi Zhilong, as well as a selection of his vintage Chinese propaganda works, drawn from the iconography of the Cultural Revolution. Max Protetch Gallery (http://www.maxprotetch.com/main.html) has mounted the first U.S. gallery exhibition of Beijing-based artist Sun Xun, whose work includes animation, sculpture and drawing, while Stux Gallery's exhibit (http://www.stuxgallery.com/site/www/exhibitions) is called "On Love? On War? Prominent Contemporary Chinese Artists."

Also in Chelsea, at Chambers Fine Art, the composer Tan Dun has an exhibit (http://www.chambersfineart.com/en/calendar/2009-3.html) called "Tan Dun's Organic Music." It consists of three installations which highlight the composer's use of sounds derived from paper and water. "Paper Quartet" is an installation based on "Paper Concerto for Paper Percussion and Orchestra," while a new video installation, "Water Rock 'n Roll," uses the traditional format of a hanging Chinese scroll. "Water Passion after St. Matthew" is based on a Tan Dun composition commissioned on the 250th anniversary of the death of J.S. Bach.

ChinaSquare http://www.chinasquareny.com/gallery/index.php, on the Lower East Side, has a group show displaying the work of seven contemporary Chinese artists, while Goedhuis Contemporary (http://www.goedhuiscontemporary.com/,) on the Upper East Side, is exhibiting contemporary landscape paintings, linked to the Chinese tradition of monumental landscape painting that reached its peak during the Song Dynasty.

An exhibition of contemporary Chinese photography called "Harmonic Visions http://www.carnegiehall.org/article/box_office/events/evt_15724.html?selecteddate=10212009 is on display in Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall; this includes work by photographers who grew up in the 1960's and 1970s, and experienced the dramatic changes that transformed China's politics, society and culture. And the Metropolitan Museum of Art has an exhibit called "Silk and Bamboo: Music and Art of China," featuring 80 objects, including a rare, Ming dynasty, ivory-covered pipa and lacquered qin, bells from the fifth century B.C., and Han dynasty pottery dancing figures and musicians. (http://www.metmuseum.org/special/se_event.asp?OccurrenceId={1DE74803-F84B-4D79-9A02-483AE7464C8E}).