TORSO OF THE BUDDHA

Nelson-Atkins Museum loans its priced TORSO OF THE BUDDHA to Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in St.Louis for is exhibition REFLECTIONS OF THE BUDDHA

September 9, 2011 to March 10, 2012


The Nelson-Atkins is famous for is Asian art collection and especially for its Buddhist sculptural pieces. The Torso of the Buddha is considered one of the best Buddhist sculptures outside India. When I got involved with Asian art,  I studied the pieces at the Nelson Atkins first acquired under Laurence Sickman who has been associated with the museum since 1931  and was its director from 1953 to 1977.

The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts shows masterpieces of the greatest Buddhist sculptures and hanging scrolls in the United States, representing several major traditions and sites of production from the late 2nd to the 18th century, including pieces from Tibet, China, Japan, Korea, and India. It is remarkable that so many substantial pieces can be admired in one place. 
 
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