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.