Asian Export Art Gallery
On view September 28, 2019 to January 1, 2022
From the 17th to 19th centuries, luxuries made in Asia such as translucent Chinese porcelain, fine Indian textiles, and glittering Japanese lacquer, were superior to anything the rest of the world could produce. Europeans and Americans went to great lengths to amass collections of this exported finery. Now known as Asian Export Art, these objects connected societies and created a complex global economy that continues to shape our world to this day.
PEM’s Asian Export art collection, foremost in the world, explores cross-cultural exchange as a catalyst for creativity and celebrates the interplay of commerce and creative expression. More than 200 works of art made in diverse media by artists in China, Japan, and South Asia, demonstrate the beauty and ingenuity of transcultural objects that are created through blending artistic traditions, materials, and technologies. Porcelain, textiles, tea, ivory, and silver were the focus of intensive trade activity between East and West and the legacy of these exchanges continue through today in both positive and negative ways. For the first time, PEM’s Asian Export Art installation will examine the long tail effect of the opium trade and how it has contributed to today’s opioid crisis.
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