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Nine Years of Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

6.22.2009

Sweet Home Alabama

Would you guess that the Birmingham Museum of Art is home to one of the most respected and comprehensive collections of Asian art in the United States, including the finest collection of Vietnamese ceramics in the country? It is, and the Museum's galleries of Japanese and Chinese works are scheduled to reopen on June 28. Additionally, new installations are planned for the Indian sculpture gallery and the Southeast Asian ceramic gallery.

Image: Detail, Sakyamuni as an Ascetic, Circa 1300, China, Yuan dynasty (1279-1368), wood, lacquer, hemp, pigment, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William M. Spencer III, 1979.316. Courtesy the Birmingham Museum of Art.

4 comments:

Shani said...

Thanks for posting this! My husband and I were thinking about taking a weekend to visit Birmingham this summer. We will definitely check this out.

GrannySmithGreen said...

In addition to the Asian collection the BMA is home to the largest collection of Wedgwood outside of the UK. It is stunning.

Style Court said...

Shani, be sure to also check out the great restaurants! Hope the trip works out.

Sanity Fair said...

I'm ashamed to say I did NOT know that. And I'm a great fan of Asian Art, particularly Chinese. Time to schedule a visit!