The exhibition The Art of Asia in the Kinsky Palace will close down on February 25, 2018. Some of its exhibits will, however, be displayed in the Trade Fair Palace in the form of the so-called schaudepot, an open depository, until a permanent Asian exhibition will open in Hradčanské Square later this year.
“Before the exhibition closes down, we have prepared a special selection of masterpieces, which is fittingly called Bidding farewell to the Art of Asia exhibition. The room displaying Chinese painting will show the best-known 20th-century Chinese painters, such as Qi Baishi, Li Keran or Xu Beihong, or several paintings that were purchased by President T. G. Masaryk in 1931, which are today some of the most interesting examples of ancient Chinese painting in our territory. Indian miniatures with genre scenes from the court milieu present 18th-century Ragamala painting. Japanese art is represented by sheets with illustrated poems from the unique cycle The Book of Fans dating from the turn of the 15th and 16th centuries, early wood block prints from the 18th century or contemporary calligraphies. As the artwork of the season, we display the newly acquired lacquer plaque with a portrait of Jean Domat from the late 18th century as a brilliant example of export Japanese lacquerware,” says Markéta Hánová, Director of the Collection of the Art of Asia and Africa.
The special selection of artworks at the Bidding farewell to the Art of Asia exhibition is accompanied by a number of programs ranging from those for families with children to guided tours and lectures by experts.
The Collection of the Art of Asia and Africa houses more than 13,000 artefacts from Japan, China, Korea, Tibet, South and Southeast Asia, the Islamic cultural region and Africa. Due to its scope and significance, it is one of the most prominent collections of its kind in Europe. Since its establishment in 1951, it has been systematically enlarged with targeted purchases and transfers from other public institutions and is regularly enriched with donations from private collectors.
The fact that the collection documents the collecting of Asian art in the Czech Lands starting from approximately the mid-19th century until now also makes it very significant.
When the exhibition in the Kinsky Palace closes down, selected Asian artefacts will be displayed this year in the Trade Fair Palace in the form of the so-called schaudepot, the open depository, until a permanent Asian exhibition will open in the gallery premises in Hradčanské Square later this year.