Art: China Gems

With two gala showings (Mrs. Gerald Ford, congressional luminaries) before the opening proper, Washington's National Gallery last week unveiled the celebrated "Exhibition of Archaeological Finds of the People's Republic of China." It had started traveling in Paris (TIME, Aug. 13, 1973) and gone on to Vienna, Stockholm, London and Toronto. In Washington, the Chinese provoked a diplomatic incident: they refused to allow representatives of Taiwan, South Korea, South Africa or Israel to attend the customary press preview. The National Gallery retorted that it was not its policy to exclude anyone. Result: the preview was canceled.

The hassle could not obscure the show's...

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