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Posted on Sunday, February 22, 2009
Exhibition: Treasures Rediscovered (Florida)
by Yong Peng (ypong001(a)yahoo.com) [AUS:IP logged]

Treasures Rediscovered: Chinese Stone Sculpture from the Sackler Collections at Columbia University
February 21- April 19, 2009
John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
Sarasota, Florida

Dr. Arthur M. Sackler was an avid connoisseur of art, who amassed works in enormous quantities. By the early 1970s, he had made many generous donations to Columbia University. The stone sculpture from China is a particular strength of the collection. Although a few of these sculptures have been exhibited in the intervening years, this show brings these highlights together for the first time. This exhibition introduces a group of twenty-two little-known stone devotional objects and architectural fragments that collectively represent major developments in Chinese religion and mortuary culture, from the Han (206 BCE – 220 CE) through the Tang dynasty (618-907). The sculptures range from a small personal votive icon to large carvings installed in temples and cave chapels. The major emphasis of the exhibition is on works from the sixth century, a period of great intellectual ferment and artistic transformation, above all in the Buddhist arts.

The sculptures represent change and diversity in Buddhist art and religion throughout time. Changes in Buddhist style, iconography, devotional practices and belief are highlighted as well as the diversity of Buddhist art in imagery, subject matter and philosophy.

The curators of the exhibition are Leopold Swergold and Eileen Hsiang-ling Hsu. This exhibition and tour are organized by the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University.

General Admission includes the Ringling Museum of Art, special exhibitions, Cà d’Zan Mansion, Circus Museum, Mable’s historic Rose Garden and Florida’s only rose test gardens, all on 66 acres of lushly landscaped grounds. Adults are $19; senior citizens (65 and over) are $16; children ages 6-17 are $6. Free Admission for children 5 and under accompanied by an adult, museum members. Advance tickets are available by calling 941.358.3180.

web: http://www.ringling.org/Exhibitions_ChineseSculpture.aspx

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