Chinese, Persian, and South Asian works on display at AMAM

Staff Report

The Allen Memorial Art Museum will offer two new exhibitions, each in the Ripin Gallery from June 6 to Dec. 22:

• “A Century of Asian Art at Oberlin: Chinese Paintings” celebrates the Chinese painting collection at Oberlin College, which began in 1912 with a gift from noted American collector Charles Lang Freer (1854–1919).

The works on view include recognized masterpieces, hidden treasures, and albums rarely exhibited in their entirety. Some are by anonymous professional masters; others are by the foremost painters of their respective eras. They span roughly 450 years, from the 16th to the 20th centuries, and represent three major genres: landscape, bird and flower, and figure painting.

These works were given to the AMAM by some of its most important donors, whose generosity has benefited generations of Oberlin students and museum visitors.

• “A Century of Asian Art at Oberlin: Persian and South Asian Paintings and Manuscripts” features a small but admirable collection of works often requested for private viewings by classes at Oberlin College.

These pieces have rarely been exhibited to the public in such a complete fashion. Works from the 15th to the 19th centuries include manuscript pages from the Qur’an and Persian Shahnameh (Book of Kings), Sanskrit texts, scenes from stories and poems, depictions of religious subjects, and Ragamala paintings that illustrate Indian musical modes.

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