From the Lands of Asia: The Sam and Myrna Myers Collection

4 March–19 August 2018

Exhibition Overview

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When Sam Myers was sent to Paris by his law firm in the mid-1960s, he and his wife Myrna became so enamored with the city that they decided to make it their home. There, over the course of fifty years, they built an extraordinary art collection. Beginning by acquiring Greek and Roman antiquities, and eventually focusing on Asia, the Myers ended up assembling some five thousand works that, together, offer a very personal vision of the world of Asian art. This exhibition presents over four hundred objects selected from this remarkable collection, which until now has never been exhibited publicly in the United States, with works representing key periods in the history of the art of China, Japan, Tibet, and Korea.

The exhibition revolves around a passion for Asia and covers a broad historical range, from the Neolithic era to modern times. The objects are also highly varied in nature, from porcelain, ivory, and precious stones such as jade and rock crystal to Buddhist art and textiles and stunning costumes from Central Asia, Tibet, China, and Japan. Each treasure is exceptional in its shape, rarity, quality, function, or inherent message. The exhibition recounts fascinating historical events through themes such as the symbolism of Chinese jade, the trade in blue-and-white porcelain, Buddhism, Noh theater, the Japanese samurai, the tea ceremony, and the scholar’s studio. The astonishing array of outstanding works of art in the Myers collection is testimony to Asia’s rich cultural heritage and unique customs and offers a broad panorama of Asian history in all its beauty and diversity.

(Photo by Thierry Ollivier)

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