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Chinese Art: A Seattle Perspective

The Seattle Asian Art Museum presents an opportunity to see a collection with representative works from each dynastic period.

November 14, 2008 12:00am to November 14, 2009 12:00am

This exhibit is an opportunity to see a fresh installation of SAM’s renowned collection of Chinese art at the Seattle Asian Art Museum. The collection was started by Dr. Richard Fuller, the founding director of the Seattle Art Museum, and his family in the early 1900s. It contains representative works from each dynastic period, and it is particularly strong in jades, ceramics and sculpture. Subsequent directors and curators of Chinese art have expanded the collection into areas such as painting, calligraphy, bronzes and, most recently, contemporary Chinese art. Thus, this exhibit of 167 pieces is not only a survey of the arts of China but also a chronicle of Seattle’s shifting interest in Chinese art.

In addition to showing artwork from all periods of Chinese history, Chinese Art explores three main areas. One is jades and celadons (a type of pottery with a distinctive green glaze). Their juxtaposition illuminates how jade carvers and potters influenced each other. Another area is painting and calligraphy—the most revered art forms in China. Finally, a display on the art of Chinese tiles demonstrates a form that is well regarded in the West as a component of architecture, in contrast to the preferences of traditional Chinese connoisseurs.

–Josh Yiu, Foster Foundation Assistant Curator
of Chinese Art

This exhibition is generously supported by the Katherine Agen Baillargeon Endowment Fund and the Bright China Foundation Endowment for Asian Art in Honor of Peter and Doris Drucker. Additional support provided by the Seattle Art Museum Supporters (SAMS) and contributors to the Annual Fund.

Winter Hours
Wednesday–Sunday: 10 am– 5 pm
Thursday: 10 am–9 pm
Monday & Tuesday: closed

Tickets Prices
    * $5 adults
    * $3 students with ID, seniors 62 and over and youth 13–17
    * Free for children 12 and under
    * Free for SAM members

Free Days
First Thursday
Admission to the Seattle Asian Art Museum is free on the first Thursday of each month for everyone.

First Fridays for Seniors
Admission to the Seattle Asian Art Museum is free on the first Friday of each month for seniors 62 and over.
First Saturdays for Families

Admission to the Seattle Asian Art Museum is free on the first Saturday of each month for families. Presented by Target

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