Met adds three weeks to 'China: Through the Looking Glass' exhibition



2015-08-20 10:38:48

New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced an extension to the blockbuster 'China: Through the Looking Glass' exhibition.

With more than 350,000 visitors having attended the exhibition in its first eight weeks, the museum has extended its run for a further three weeks to keep up with demand.

“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."

The exhibition is the largest ever assembled by The Costume Institute, and spans approximately 30,000 square feet in 16 separate galleries throughout the museum. It explores the impact of Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion, and features more than 140 examples of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear displayed alongside Chinese artworks, porcelain and films.

To date, attendances have almost matched the record-breaking figures achieved by the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition in 2011, the most visited Costume Institute exhibition ever and the eighth most popular in the Met's history.

China: Through the Looking Glass will now run at The Metropolitan Museum of Art until Labor Day, September 7.

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