This week is Asia Week in New York City, when auctions, dealers, and exhibits converge to promote Asian art and artifacts. With Asia on my mind, I happened to notice an article in Antiques and the Arts Weekly about Hiromi Kinoshita and her curatorial work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Since I was visiting Philadelphia, I decided to take a look at her new installation and reexamination of works acquired by PMA through the years.
I wondered how the exhibition would be displayed. Not to worry. The large temple rooms, scribe’s room and tea house are still in place. The new installation is off to the side corridor.
I really like Hiromi’s four themes. The first is Belief in the Afterlife. This exhibit highlights beautifully rendered funerary art.
The second is a nod to our place in Nature and the Cosmos and addresses naturalistic symbols on various objects owned by scholars.
China and its Connections to the West is the theme of the third gallery and examines art forms that were floated between China, Europe and America. I particularly enjoyed the comparisons between Delft and Chinese porcelains.
The final exhibit underscores art owned by the Emperor and his Court. These works were loaded with symbolism and adheres to meaning and order in life.
There is a hard cover companion book available in the gift shop, Art of China, Highlights from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, that is filled with beautiful photos and descriptions in case you cannot make it to the exhibition.