Newark in Nashville: Buddhist Art on the Road
While famous the world over for our outstanding collection of Tibetan Buddhist art, the Newark Museum also houses superior collections of both Japanese and Korean Buddhist art. The exhibition Secrets of Buddhist Art: Tibet, Japan & Korea demonstrates these combined strengths and will premiere at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, Tennessee from February 10-May 7, 2017. The Frist commissioned this pan-Buddhist exhibition for its 10,000 square feet main exhibition spaces, knowing of Newark’s collection riches. Newark Museum staff has been busily preparing 126 works for travel—researching and writing label copy, conserving and framing works currently unframed, planning and implementing specialty mounts for display, and preparing works for crating and shipping. Much of this conservation work would not have been possible without the support of the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation that has funded the Museum’s first ever in-house conservator, Linda Lin. As an object conservator, Ms. Lin dauntless has taken on numerous detailed tasks not only treating objects herself, but also managing contract textile and paintings conservators and consulting with lacquer experts about the Museum’s treasures.
One of the challenges of responsibly housing and exhibiting the Museum’s treasures is just this conservation work. With over 33,000 works of art from Asia, the Newark Museum’s collection of Asian art ranks as one of the largest collections of this material nation-wide—more than double that of the Asian Art of San Francisco and one-third larger than the Freer Sackler Smithsonian’s Museums of Asian Art. Traveling exhibitions, like this one feature special exhibition spaces that double the Museum’s own providing a wonderful showcase of Newark’s collection riches to a national audience.
– Katherine Anne Paul, Curator, Arts of Asia
Entry filed under: Asian Art.