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Li Jian. The Reopening of the East Asian Galleries at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

In September 2012, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) in Richmond celebrated the public opening of its newly renovated and reinstalled East Asian art galleries, featuring 240 artworks from China, Japan and Korea. Many of these works, acquired in recent years, are on display for the first time at the museum. The new installation, arranged geographically and chronologically, aims to inspire visitors with its captivating array of artworks that trace a rich history of East Asian cultures.

Since its opening in 1936, VMFA has assembled approximately 2,000 objects from East Asia, representing more than 4,500 years of visual history. The collection includes paintings, prints, sculptures, ceramics, metalwork, lacquers and other decorative arts, from small jade bracelets to ritual vessels and life-size Buddhist sculptures. Collection themes include: the Bronze Age, the spread of Buddhism, cross-cultural influences, ceramic development and trade, scholars’ implements, samurai culture, as well as tea-ceremony and incense art. These works reveal cultural influences and interactions both within East Asia and beyond.
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