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Volume 40 – Number 6

Sep 2009

 


The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Serizawa Keisuke at the Japan Society Gallery
Drawings by Hokusai

Milo C. Beach
Jacques Chirac and the Meiyintang Collection

Svetambara tirthankara in meditation
Gujarat or Rajasthan, Solanki period,
first half of the 11th century
Marble
Height 99 cm
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Florence and Herbert Irving Gift, 1992 

The focus on The Metropolitan Museum of Art highlights the multifaceted functions of a 21st century museum. Through his discussion of Jain painting and sculpture in the Met, John Guy demonstrates how building a cohesive collection is a continuous process of placing artworks in context of each other. Yeewan Koon writes about the touring exhibition on the eccentric painter Luo Ping, an example of how successful partnerships between leading museums can result in visually and academically rewarding projects. Monica Bincsik's fresh research on a Japanese lacquer wedding set shows how museum objects are never stagnant and are constantly lending themselves to new understanding.

There are also features on the Serizawa exhibition at the Japan Society Gallery, a tribute to Milo Beach and an interview with former French president Jacques Chirac.

Reviews of spring auctions and fairs around the world reveal the extent to which Chinese art has been collected globally in the past century and how rapidly this has been recognized by emerging Chinese collectors in their emphasis on provenance. With the coming of autumn, we bring preview of fairs and gallery shows that signal a busy season. In the commentary, Nancy Murphy discusses China's legal development and cultural relics policy in the light of the US-China Memorandum of Understanding.

 

 
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