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Volume 30 – Number 6

Jun 1999

The opening of The Minneapolis Institute of Arts's newly renovated and expanded galleries of Asian art has made it possible to view numerous works previously kept in storage, as well as the entire Pillsbury collection of ancient Chinese bronzes and jades, much of the Chinese furniture and the historic architecture donated by the Daytons, and a rotation of Japanese wood-block prints from the Gale and Hill collections. In this issue, curators Robert Jacobsen and Mathew Welch trace the development of the collection and the renovation and construction of the new galleries, while four other specialists discuss masterworks from the institute's holdings: Guolong Lai explores the connection between changing representations of the human figure and the rituals of ancestor worship during the Eastern Zhou period; Eugene Wang shows how subtle messages are conveyed through the design of a Northern Wei sarcophagus; Christopher Cooke traces the restoration of a seventeenth century folding horseshoe-back chair; and Donald Jenkins examines the highly individual yet complementary Gale and Mitchell collections of Japanese prints. Additionally, an interview with Bruce and Ruth Ann Dayton provides an insight into their association with the institute and their collecting interests.

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