Guided by curator Joan Cummins, NYC-ARTS visits the Arts of China gallery at Brooklyn Museum, which highlights 5,000 years of Chinese artistic accomplishment.

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NEXT WE TRAVEL TO THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM TO VISIT THE ARTS OF CHINA GALLERY.

IT REPRESENTS 5,000 YEARS OF CHINESE ACCOMPLISHMENTS, BRONZES, CERAMICS AND PAINTINGS FROM THE MUSEUM COLLECTION.

THE INSTALLATION CURRENTLY FEATURES MORE THAN 130 WORKS MANY OF WHICH HAVE NOT BEEN ON VIEW IN DECADES.

CONTEMPORARY ART IS ART PART OF THIS DISPLAY.

THEY ACQUIRED OVER 50 PAINTINGS AND SCULPTURES OF ARTISTS OF CHINESE DISSENT.

THE EXPERIMENTAL PAINTINGS VIEW CHALLENGE AND TRANSFORM CHINA'S TRADITIONAL ARTISTIC PRACTICES.

THEY RESPOND TO PRESENT DAY CONCERNS SUCH AS URBANIZATION, ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION AND THE RAP PACE OF CHINESE MODERATION.

THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM IS EXCITED TO WELCOME VISITORS TO NEWLY REINSTALLED CHINA GALLERY.

IT IS SET UP CHRONOLOGICALLY WITH THE EARLIEST MATERIAL AT ONE END AND THE LATER MATERIAL AT THE OTHER END BUT THERE IS, IN FACT, A SPRINKLING OF CONTEMPORARY ART THROUGHOUT THE GALLERIES.

THIS MAGNIFICENT JAR IS ONE OF THE GREAT MASTERPIECES OF THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM.

IT DATES TO THE EARLY SIDE OF THE 1200s AND IS FROM A PERIOD WHEN THEY REALLY MASTERED THE ART OF DECORATING AND COBALT BLUE.

BUT THEY HAD NOT YET FOUND A SOURCE OF COBALT IN CHINA SO IT HAD TO BE IMPORTED FROM THE MIDDLE EAST.

THE FISH ARE SO WELL PAINTED THAT WE CAN RECOGNIZE THE FOUR SPECIES THAT ARE REPRESENTED AND IF ONE SAYS THEIR NAMES IN CHINESE IN THE ORDER IN WHICH THEY APPEAR ON THE JAR, IT ACTUALLY SOUNDS LIKE YOU'RE SAYING OUT LOUD THE WORDS HONEST AND INCORRUPTIBLE.

SO WE BELIEVE THAT THIS JAR WAS ACTUALLY MADE FOR A CHINESE CONSUMER, SOMEBODY WHO WOULD HAVE GOTTEN THE PUN WHICH IS UNUSUAL BECAUSE MOST BLUE AND WHITE CERAMIC WERE FOR EXPORT THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM HAS A UNUSUALLY LARGE COLLECTION OF CHINESE OBJECTS.

THE PIECE THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT NOW IS CALLED A CHAMPION VASE.

> IT'S A SHAPE USED AS A TROPHY CUP OR REWARD THAT WAS GIVEN TO HEROES IN BATTLE.

TO CELEBRATE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE MILITARY.

AND THIS WAS TO HOLD ARROWS.

OURS IS FAR MORE DECORATIVE THAN THE KINDS OF THINGS USED TO HOLD ARROWS.

IT HAS A WONDERFUL FALCON WHICH IS A VERY BOLD, STRONG BIRD ON THE FRONT.

A STANDING ON ONE FOOT AND THEN THE WHOLE BODY OF THE VASE IS COVERED IN DECORATIVE PATTERN IN BEAUTIFUL BLUE AND VIOLET AND PINK AND WHITE.

THIS IS ONE OF THE OLDEST OBJECTS.

IT'S ONE OF THE GREAT MASTERPIECES OF THE COLLECTION.

IT IS A WINE POURING VESSEL THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN USED IN RITUAL AND IT DATES TO 1100 BC.

IT IS QUITE OLD AND BEAUTIFULLY MADE.

IT IS JUST COVERED WITH PATTERNING AND ANIMALS AND IT IS SHAPED LIKE A DRAGON WITH THIS SORT OF SNAG WILL TOOTH GRIN.

WHEN YOU POUR IT, THE WINE WOULD COME OUT FROM BETWEEN THE TEETH OF THE ANIMAL.

THIS IS A FABULOUS FINISH.

INSTALLED NEAR OUR WONDERFUL WINE VESSEL IS THIS WONDERFUL PIECE BY THE NEW YORK BASED ARTIST TU.

IT IS, AS YOU WITH SEE, A BRONZE VERSION OF A McDONALD'S BURGER BOX FRY CONTAIN EASTERN FORK.

IT IS VERY MUCH THE ARTIST'S TAKE ON AMERICAN CULTURE.

THE RITUAL BRONZES ON WHICH THE DECORATION IS BASED WERE USED IN WORSHIPPING THE ANCESTORS.

THEY WERE OF GREAT IMPORTANCE AND SERIOUSNESS.

HERE HE RECREATES SOMETHING THAT IS A THROW AWAY OBJECT, SOMETHING YOU EAT ON THE RUN.

SOMETHING THAT HAS NO REAL RITUAL SIGNIFICANCE WHATSOEVER TO REMIND US OF HOW SHALLOW THE EXPERIENCE OF EATING FAST FOOD CAN BE WITH COMPARISON WITH THESE MUCH MORE RITUALIZED MEALS THAT TOOK PLACE IN ANCIENT CHINA.

IN AND AROUND THE ARTS OF CHINA GALLERY ARE QUITE A NUMBER OF CONTEMPORARY WORKS THAT REFER TO THE ANCIENT CHINESE PRACTICE OF PAINTING.

THE PIECE WE'RE LOOKING AT NOW IS ACTUALLY A VERY OVERT REFERENCE TO A CHINESE LANDSCAPE HAND SCROLL.

THIS IS A PAINTING THAT PEOPLE WOULD LOOK AT BY UNROLLING GRADUALLY AND ALLOW YOU TO TRAVEL THROUGH A LANDSCAPE VISUALLY.

THIS IS A TIME HONORED FORMAT FOR CHINESE PAINTING BUT HERE IT'S DONE NOT IN PAINT BUT IN PHOTO MONTAGE.

YOU CAN SEE THE MOUNTAINS AND TREES ARE ACTUALLY COMPOSED OF SKYSCRAPERS AND ELECTRICAL TOWERS.

AND THAT SOME OF THE ROCKS ARE DERELICT FARRIS WHEELS.

THE WHOLE PIECE IS VERY MUCH THE YUCK ARTIST, YOUNG LEON'S TAKE ON THE CHINESE TREATMENT OF THE LANDSCAPE TODAY.

THERE ARE SO MANY PIECE THAT'S WE HAVE NOT SHOWN HERE TODAY.

AND I INVITE VISITORS TO COME AND DISCOVER THEM FOR THEMSELVES.