The Asian art galleries on the Museum's Upper Level are given a fresh, new face after months of renovation. This project has been part of the Museum's continued effort to enrich visitors' viewing experience and at the same time to improve environmental conditions for the care and presentation of the collection. The works of Asian art are installed in newly configured spaces with improved cases and lighting as well as a broader, richer interpretive program including maps and diagrams to supplement didactic texts. Newly acquired gifts and purchases, some never before exhibited, are integrated into the long-term display.
The galleries are a tribute to the rich and diverse arts of Asia with over 300 objects in a variety of media on view. The objects present a survey of nearly 5,000 years of Asian art history, ranging in time from 2,500 BCE to the 20th century. The refreshed galleries, of approximately 4,450 square feet, are designed to spatially define the vastly different Asian cultures and their diverse aesthetics. The installation also reveals important intercultural relationships represented in Asian art such as religion and trade. Some works are featured in traditional chronological and geographical presentations, while other works are grouped by material, subject, or theme.