From the Lands of Asia: The Sam and Myrna Myers Collection
MARCH 4–AUGUST 19, 2018
When Sam Myers was sent to Paris by his law firm in the mid-1960s, he and his wife Myrna became so enamored with the city that they decided to make it their home. There, over the course of 50 years, they built an extraordinary collection that until now has never been exhibited publicly in the United States. Beginning by acquiring Greek and Roman antiquities but eventually focusing on Asia, the Myers assembled some 5,000 works that offer a very personal vision of the world of Asian art. This exhibition will present over 400 objects selected from this remarkable collection, with works representing key periods in the history of the art of China, Japan, Tibet, Mongolia, Korea and Vietnam.
The exhibition covers a broad historical range, from the Neolithic era to the 20th century. The objects are also highly varied in nature, from porcelain, ivory, and precious stones such as jade and rock crystal to Buddhist art and textiles and stunning costumes from Central Asia, Tibet, China and Japan. Each treasure is exceptional in its shape, rarity, quality, function or inherent message. The exhibition recounts fascinating historical events through themes such as the symbolism of Chinese jade, the trade in blue-and-white porcelain, Buddhism, Noh theater, the Japanese samurai, the tea ceremony, the art of writing and the place of women. The astonishing array of outstanding works of art in the Myers collection is testimony to Asia’s rich cultural heritage and unique customs and offers a broad panorama of Asian history in all its beauty and diversity.
This exhibition is produced by Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Archaeology and History Complex, Montréal, Canada, in partnership with Sam Myers.
Friday Evening Lectures
SELECTED FRIDAYS, 6 pm
Evening lectures by distinguished guest speakers, held thorought the year, address a range of topics relating to the appreciation and interpretation of art. Free; no reservations required. Seating is limited.Pavillion Auditorium.
Shimmering Splendor, Woven Wealth: Silk in Imperial China and Beyond
Lee Talbot, curator, Eastern Hemisphere Collections, The George Washington University and The Textile Museum, Washington, DC.
From Workshop to Grave: Ancient Chinese Jades
Friday, July 13, 2018 – 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
J. Keith Wilson, curator of ancient Chinese art, Freer/Sackler, The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Education Events and Activities
Family Festival: Passport to Asia / Pasaporte a Asia
Sunday, June 3, 2018 – 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
SELECTED SUNDAYS, 2 pm
Comprehensive film programs focusing on artists’ careers, major art movements, and important cultural figures provide rich visual and historical context that complement artworks on view.Kahn Auditorium
High Art of the Low Countries
May 27, June 24, July 1
In this sweeping production, British art historian and broadcaster Andrew Graham-Dixon explores the art of the Low Countries. Examining the formation of a ground-breaking school of painting by artists such as Jan van Eyck and Hieronymus Bosch, Graham-Dixon then turns to the prosperous Dutch Golden Age of the seventeenth century that fostered the careers of Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer, and others. In the modern age, the Low Countries once again produced important forward-thinking artists, including Vincent van Gogh and Piet Mondrian.
The Art of Japanese Life & Handmade in Japan
July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29
Explore the vibrant art and culture of Japan in two recent series from the BBC. In The Art of Japanese Life, Dr. James Fox examines how three core themes—nature, the city, and the home— have manifested in Japanese art and life through the centuries. Handmade in Japan follows contemporary artisans’ intricate production of traditional Japanese crafts: the Samurai sword, the kimono, and Mingei pottery. Offered in conjunction with the special exhibition From the Lands of Asia.