Exhibition Announcement: Weaving Splendor: Treasures of Asian Textiles at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, through March 6

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September 25, 2021 to March 6, 2022
Missouri, United States
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Art, Art History & Visual Studies

For the first time in decades, rarely seen Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Persian, and Turkish clothing and textiles from the collection of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art are assembled for an extraordinary exhibition. Made with fine materials, exemplary techniques, and superb artistry, Asian luxury textiles were prized domestically and were central to global trade. The exhibition traces the journeys of key works of art and the people who owned them and carried them across the world. Luxurious costumes of the court performed power, while striking theater robes brought stage characters to life. Sturdy wall hangings and furniture covers transformed palaces, temples, and homes, while shimmering tapestry-woven carpets were created as diplomatic gifts for foreign rulers. Artists borrowed techniques from near and far to appeal to the latest fashions in the developing global market. The extraordinary stories of these treasures of the collection take visitors on a journey across continents, from the 1500s to today.

In addition, other featured exhibitions open through March 6 include Origins: Collecting to Create the Nelson-Atkins, which includes sections on Langdon Warner, Lawrence Sickman, and the museum’s Asian art collections, and Castles, Cottages & Crime.

1 ticket for all three shows:  $10 for students, seniors, and veterans; $18 for adults; members free

--For information on how to schedule free class visits for students and faculty, contact Christina Shutts at tours@nelson-atkins.org. Some restrictions apply due to covid-19 protocols.                

Contact Info: 

Kimberly Masteller, Ph.D

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

4525 Oak St.

Kansas City, Missouri 64111  USA

phone: 001 (816) 751-1330 

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