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Wang Keping working on his sculpture in France

Wang Keping
The Rodin Museum invited Wang Keping to take over the sculpture garden as his studio during May and early June. The project is a perfect fit for the museum, as like Rodin, Wang Keping is also close to, and influenced by, nature. The artist is working in the open-air studio of the garden to create four new monumental sculptures.

The artist starts with the whole tree trunk and directly carves and forms the wood to bring out their natural sensual forms that are transformed into works of art that are full of emotion and poetry. This is the first time that the Rodin Museum have asked Wang Keping to work at the museum and it is a good opportunity for the public to watch the artist at work and discover the work in progress…



The Indian subcontinent is home to some of the world’s most ancient and illustrious textile traditions. This exhibition looks at the development of design and its history through the use of pattern. On show are works from the Textile Museum’s own collection, supplemented by pieces from the private collection of Karun Thakar, spanning the 8th through to the early 20th century. Spanning time, region, technique and levels of patronage, the fabrics are arranged in three thematic sections that correspond to the predominate ornamental elements traditional used by Indian textile makers: abstract, floral, and figurative…



Shrine cloth (kanduri), Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh, early 20th century. Karun Thakar Collection, London, courtesy of The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum


Image of Jurojin by Sesson Shukei (circa 1492-1577), Muromachi period, late 16th century, hanging scroll, ink on paper, 136.5 × 70.6 cm, Harold P Stern Memorial Fund and Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries in appreciation of Peter Kimmelman and his exemplary service to the Galleries as chair of the Board of Trustees

Zen Art in Japan

The National Asian Art Museum’s medieval Zen collections are currently on show at the Freer Gallery in an exhibition that brings together works from Japan and China to illustrate the visual, spiritual, and philosophical power of Zen in Japan. Chan Buddhism originated in China around the 5th century, Chan Buddhism (Zen in Japan) and was probably introduced into Japan by the itinerant monk Eisai, the first to combine Esoteric and Rinzai Zen Buddhist teachings, who had founded Kenninji temple in Kyoto in 1202. It is said that it was Eisai who also brought the first tea seeds to Japan, introducing the art of tea, writing Japan’s first book of tea in 1211, Healthy Living Through Drinking Tea (Kissa yojo ki). Although Eisai rigorously defended Zen, he did not seek to put the religion on an independent footing. The development of Zen practice came with his successors, such as Dogen and the 13th-century monk Daikaku Zenshi, the 11th head abbot of Kenninji temple. Zen Buddhism eventually became established in the monastic culture and these new ways of thinking and living, which continually evolved over time, became widespread and continues throughout the world today…


The History of Paper
Stories of Paper explores the rich artistic legacy of this fragile material that not only became indispensable for record keeping and trade but has also proved essential to cultural interaction and intellectual exchange for two millennia. The exhibition showcases about 100 artworks from 16 museums and cultural institutions to explores the vast range of artistic expressions of paper, with the aim of cultivating the visitors’ deeper knowledge of a familiar, yet ever more distant material. From the first century to the present, and from ancient Asia to Europe and contemporary Arabia, the artworks include books, manuscripts, prints, drawings and contemporary installations made of paper by Hassan Sharif, Abdullah Al Saadi and Mohammed Kazem, pioneers of Emirati conceptual art…


Pedanius Dioscorides (Anazarbus, modern Turkey, AD 40-90) Folio from De Materia Medica, a pharmacopeia of plants, translated from Greek to Arabic, Iraq, Baghdad, 13th century, ink and paint on paper, 25 x 16.8 cm, Louvre Abu Dhabi ©Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi. Photo: Herve Lewandowski

Asian and Islamic Works of Art


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