Special Asian Art Exhibitions at the DAM

 

Current:

Depth & Detail: Carved Bamboo from China, Japan & Korea

Open through July 2, 2017

North Building - Level 5
Included in general admission

 

Depth and Detail: Carved Bamboo from China, Japan, and Korea showcases a variety of carved, cut, incised, and etched bamboo objects. The exhibition demonstrates how artists used bamboo, carving deeply through it to achieve different colors and textures. The intricate decoration of the items on view includes religious imagery as well as people, animals, birds, insects, plants, and landscapes that tell stories or have symbolic meaning.

See how artists used this strong and versatile material, inspired by poetry and literature, to construct containers, fans, hangings, writing implements, and other items.

Depth and Detail is located in the Walter + Mona Lutz Gallery on Level 5 of the North Building, a space designated for bamboo works from China, Japan, and Korea.

The exhibition is made possible through the Adelle Lutz Endowment of the Denver Art Museum, as well as the contributions of the generous donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

Depth and Detail: Carved Bamboo from China, Japan, and Korea will be on view through January 15, 2017.

 

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From the Fire: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Robert and Lisa Kessler Collection

Open through October 1, 2017

North Building - Level 5
Included in general admission

 

Fujioka Shūhei (b. 1947), Vase, Japan. Ceramic. Robert and Lisa Kessler Collection. TL-35739. © Fujioka Shūhei

 

This exhibition features 65 examples of contemporary Japanese ceramic arts, created by 35 Japanese artists, from the celebrated collection of Robert and Lisa Kessler. The works include pieces made by master ceramists who were designated as Living National Treasures in Japan, as well as by emerging artists. The diversity of these objects reflects the juxtaposition of the continuation of tradition with new creativity in contemporary Japanese ceramic arts.

An illustrated catalog will be available in The Shops and online.

From the Fire: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Robert and Lisa Kessler Collection is organized by the Denver Art Museum. It is presented with the generous support of Robert and Lisa Kessler, donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, Comcast Spotlight, and The Denver Post.

From the Fire: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Robert and Lisa Kessler Collection will be on view through October 1, 2017.

 

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Ganesha: The Playful Protector

Opens October 1, 2017

Hamilton Building - Level 2
Included in general admission

 

Ganesha, 600s-700s, Cambodia. Sandstone; 29 x 25 in. Lent by the National Museum of Cambodia.

 

Ganesha: The Playful Protector is developed in collaboration with the National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh, which is loaning a statue of Ganesha created in 600 to 700s that is the centerpiece of the exhibition.

The 29-inch tall cross-legged figure, featuring human arms and an elephant head, is known as one of the earliest Ganesha icons in mainland Southeast Asia. This significant pre-Angkor artwork will be on view along with sculptures, paintings, and textiles from the DAM's own collection of ancient to modern representations of the Hindu deity.

Ganesha, who has been widely worshiped since the 400s, originated in India as a Hindu god who removes obstacles and is known for granting wealth and success. Ganesha has crossed both geographic and religious boundaries, inspiring numerous representations throughout the Asian subcontinent over time--all of which will be surveyed in the exhibition to showcase the iconographic changes of this popular god.

Ganesha: The Playful Protector will be on view October 1, 2017 - October 28, 2018.

Ganesha: The Playful Protector is organized by the Denver Art Museum. It is presented with the generous support of the donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, Comcast Spotlight, and The Denver Post.