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THE TRAMMEL AND MARGARET CROW FAMILY HAS DONATED THEIR ENTIRE COLLECTION OF ASIAN ART

January 29, 2019 Leave a comment

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THE TRAMMEL AND MARGARET CROW FAMILY HAS DONATED THEIR ENTIRE COLLECTION OF ASIAN ART – INCLUDING THE MUSEUM, INCLUDING 23 MILLION IN SUPPORT FUNDS, INCLUDING A 12,000 BOOK LIBRARY TO THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT DALLAS. 

This move is comparable to the Asian art gift Avery Brundage gave to the City of San Francisco over 50 years ago eventually founding the ASIAN in SFO.

My first experience with the Crow’s Asian art happened in the late 1980s when my mother was visiting from Vienna and decided to stay at the Anatole in Dallas. The Anatole (one of the Crow hotels I later learned) was lovely but it was the large Indian marble temple and the Khmer sculptures in the lobby and in glass cases that immediately caught may attention. And then I learned more and more about the Crow collection, and over twenty years ago the Trammel and Margaret Crow Museum of Asian Art opened on Flora in Dallas with works from Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, Tibet and Vietnam, with the famous jade room at its center. I understand that the collection comprises some one thousand pieces of art.

The Museum will continue to operate in its current location with a full schedule of exhibits with items from ancient to contemporary times. And its long time director Amy Lewis Hofland will continue in her role for both museum sites. So beyond the original idea of Mr. Crow of increasing the public’s knowledge about and appreciation for Asian art, the University of Texas at Dallas is continuing to help students and to a larger extent the Texas community appreciate and learn about Asian art. I could not be happier about this for Texas!

Cheers,

Elisabeth

ON THE STEPPES OF GENGHIS KHAN – MONGOLIAN NOMADS

MOESGAARD MUSEUM, Denmark

https://www.moesgaardmuseum.dk/en/exhibitions/current-special-exhibitions/on-the-steppes-of-genghis-khan-mongolia-s-nomads/

Open until April 2019

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ON THE STEPPES OF GENGHIS KHAN – MONGOLIAN NOMADS

Some of us always had a soft spot for Genghis Khan, the 13th century Great Khan of the Mongol Empire, and of the largest contiguous empire in history. The first thing I learned about Ghengis Kahan was that he listened to and respected his mother; that he was brutal and gentle at the same time; open to foreign religions; and instituted sophisticated government and taxing systems. The exhibit includes fantastic works from international loans and Danish museums showing the rich culture of these nomads of the steppes with their sheep, goats, horses and camels, often on the move, and in contact with merchants on ancient and present trade routes, bringing material wealth that can be seen in their ornaments, fabrics, costumes, tents and furniture. Reviews point out that the exhibit shows an intriguing alternative to our sedentary life.

 

Cheers,

Elisabeth

 

 

THE JEWELED ISLE: ART FROM SRI LANKA

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LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART  

http://www.lacma.org/art/exhibition/jeweled-isle-art-sri-lanka

December 9, 2018 – June 23, 2019

First comprehensive exhibit of Sri Lankan art organized by an American museum!

Some 250 art works from LACMA’s extensive collection and numerous domestic and international lenders, this exhibit covers two thousand years of decorative and fine art including objects fashioned from gold, silver and ivory. Hinduism and Buddhism both are important for Sri Lanka’s culture and many religious sculptures, paintings, and architectural fragments from both religions are represented. Photographs from the island’s historical capitals – Anuradhapura, Polonnaruva and Kandy convey the importance of these monumental religious sites.

We have six months to see this exhibit!

Cheers,

Elisabeth

CAN GAZING AT BOTTICELLI’S VENUS CAUSE A HEART ATTACK ???

January 7, 2019 Comments off

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An Italian man fainted while gazing at the Venus painting (ca. 1485) at the Uffizi Galleries in Florence, and suffered a heart attack two weekends ago and is said to now recover.

Variously known as Stendhal Syndrome, hyperkulturemia or Florence syndrome this disorder appears to be specific to Florence when admiring and focusing on such magnificent paintings like Venus ascending from the ocean.

Have you been to Florence and seen this painting?

Cheers and Happy New Year!!!

Elisabeth

GLIMPSE OF ANCIENT YEMEN

December 5, 2018 Comments off

Exhibit at Freer Sackler until August 18, 2019<

https://www.freersackler.si.edu

We often associate frankincense and myrrh with Yemen – if you wish to learn more about what was there since ancient times and what is being destroyed now, go and see this exhibit and also read this blog about

ANCIENT WOMEN SPEAK OUT – TODAY!!!!

https://www.freersackler.si.edu/ancient-women-speak-out-today/

Fascinating and sad. Looting has gone on for centuries on this crossroad of international trade between the Mediterranean region, Asia and the Middle East,  but the vicious multisided war has  now been going on since 2015 with no end in sight.

No cheers,

Elisabeth

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New Delhi, India

You want to stay cool when visiting  New Delhi?

Visit Humayun’s Tomb and next to it  the Sunder Nursery with  Moghul Gardens  recently brought back to life by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.  I remember getting lost in the Tomb and Garden complex surrounding Humayun’s tomb built by his chief consort in 1569/70 and said to have been an inspiration for Shah Jahan’s Taj Mahal.   Humayun, the son of Babur,  who swept down from the valleys of Central Asia, to conquer India, was the second emperor of the Mughal Empire.

Cheers,

Elisabeth

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Categories: India, International

Rembrandt and the Inspiration of India

Rembrandt and the Inspiration of India, The Getty Center, Los Angeles, till June 24th

Rembrandt, the Dutch East India Company (VOC) and drawings of Mughal portraits ?

Where did Rembrandt see Indian Mughal portraits? We are not sure where he might have seen such portraits; one opinion is that they were in Schoenbrunn Palace in Vienna and were painted over in the 18th century. Rembrandt had enough access to things Indian, he collected several Indian antiques, imported by the VOC and brought to Amsterdam; and Rembrandt was curious in subject matters beyond European and biblical scenes. This exhibition shows side by side Mughal originals and some 25 of Rembrandt’s drawings of the same subject.

Cheers,

Elisabeth

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