Colombian museum opens the exposition of Chinese art

Spirits of earth. China. 8th–9thC. Ceramics. Columbian Museum of arts, USA

In 2007 the Colombian Museum of Arts received one of the largest private donations for all the history of its existence. The American collector Robert Turner donated the museum more than 100 works including over 70 unique exhibits of ancient China which became a basis of the collection of new gallery of eastern art. On December 19, the curators of the museum will present the best objects from Turner’s collection within the limits of the exhibition Eye to the East. Turner’s collection is special in covering of almost all the periods of the history of ancient China – from bronze and ceramics of neolith epoch till perfect works of “Golden Age” of Tan Dynasty (618–907). Many works date to the so-called transition periods – Han, Qing, Sun and Yuan. All of them are of excellent safety and with traditionally high artistic qualities. Among them is a unique terracotta sculpture of Maytrei – Buddha of a future world order dated to the 7th century. Works of such kind are very unique at the antiquarian market and can give an honour to the best museums of the world.

The earliest objects in Turner’s collection date to the Xiajiadian culture which prospered on the territory of Northern China in 2000s BC. Two painted ceramic pots – important proves of culture and art pre-Dynasty period are dated to this period.

Another section of the exhibition is devoted to the ritual art. There are terracotta figurines of guards, chimeras and spirits created during the period between Han and Vej Dynasties (206 BC – 534 AD). The first works from porcelain date to this period also. These coarse figurines decorated with simple monochrome painting became the forerunner of those majestic works which some centuries later won all Europe.

The exhibition Eye to the East: The Turner Collection of Chinese Art will be opened till May 10, 2009.

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