Students encouraged to visit new Asian artifact exhibit at Kimbell

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The Kimbell Art Museum’s latest exhibit is the U.S. debut of a major collection of Asian artifacts.

Some of the items in the “Lands of Asia” exhibit date back to the Neolithic era.

The pieces include numerous kimonos, carved pieces of Jade, Buddhist sculptures, porcelain, and ivory from the Sam and Myrna Myers Collection.

Amida Buddha, Japan
Kamakura, 1185-1333
(Photo courtesy of Thierry Ollivier.)

“Having known Sam and Myrna since 1997 when they traveled with me on a trip to India, Sam called me three years ago to ask if the Kimbell would be interested in hosting the exhibition, and I said yes!” said Jennifer Casler Price, the Kimbell’s curator for Asian and non-Western art.

The exhibit has over 400 pieces that have been brought from Europe.

Sam and Myrna Myers lived in Paris, France for more than 50 years and have amassed a collection of over 5,000 pieces from China, Korea, Vietnam, Japan, Central Asia and Tibet.

“I would definitely recommend that students come to view the exhibit because we do not often get exhibits this large, considering it has over 400 pieces,” Alyssa Underwood-Surles, the Kimbell’s visitors’ services associate, said.

Caroline Smith, a senior communication major, said she was fascinated with the kimonos.

“My favorite part about the entire thing were the kimonos when you first walked in,” Smith said. “The kimonos were very detailed and large, which made them really stand out to me.”

Vase, China, Ming dynasty (1368-1644), 16th century, (Photo courtesy of Thierry Ollivier.)

The exhibit is on display in the Renzo Piano Pavilion from March 4 to Aug. 19.

Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors ages 60 and over, $12 for students with valid identification, $12 for children between the ages of 6 and 11 and free for both Kimbell members and children under the age of 6.

Students are encouraged to visit before the exhibition ends.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity to see a vast panorama of Asian art from different cultures and a range of different objects and material: textiles, porcelains, Jades and Buddhist icons, just to name the four main sections,” Price said. “I feel there is something for everyone to respond to in this exhibition, and certainly a lot to discover, explore and learn.”