This exhibition will present 67 masterpieces collected by John D. Rockefeller III (1906-1978) and his wife Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller (1909-1992), illuminating the cultures and history of Asia. This important collection highlights the ability of art to encourage intercultural dialogue and to influence economic and public policies. The selection of sculptures, bronzes and ceramics ranges from the end of the 6e century BC at the beginning of the 19ecentury AD and is native to Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tibet and Vietnam.
The Rockefellers believed that by building a collection of the highest quality and sharing it with the public, they could educate Americans about the importance and diversity of Asian art, as a way to elevate their understanding of cultures Asian countries and to build bridges to the economic and socio-political future. dialogue and engagement. Sherman E. Lee (1918-2008), an important art museum director and scholar of Asian art, worked with the Rockefellers as an advisor to their collection, and his influence will be discussed throughout this exhibition . The collection was bequeathed to Asia Society in New York after Mr. Rockefeller died in 1978.
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This exhibition is co-organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Asia Society Museum. The exhibition’s national tour is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council for the Arts and Humanities.