Arts of Asia

The Walters Art Museum - October 1, 2017 – October 1, 2020

Find time for tranquility and reflection in Arts of Asia, the Walters Art Museum’s new installation of one of the most exceptional collections of Asian art in North America. Featuring works from India, the Himalayas, East Asia, and Southeast Asia, the display offers a rich exploration of artistic traditions from diverse cultures and regions across India, Nepal, Tibet, China, Korea, Japan, Myanmar, Thailand, and Cambodia. A stunning array of 150 works spanning 2,000 years includes more than 30 objects that have never been on view. Visitors are invited to relax and enjoy the stillness and serenity of these galleries and to share the experience of quiet contemplation that the works inspire. Admission to Arts of Asia is free.

Contemporary Japanese Ceramics

A light-filled gallery features contemporary ceramic vases made by Japanese artists. With their compelling shapes, colors, and glazes, these works push the medium of clay in surprising new directions.

Buddhist Art of East and Southeast Asia

An inviting display features works linked to Buddhism and its devotional practices. The compassionate bodhisattva Guanyin marks the entrance. A monumental Buddha sits in meditation at the center of the gallery. Displayed nearby are Buddhist and Hindu sculptures. A highlight is a group of works, ranging from the 7th to the 17th century, that illustrate the Buddha’s four postures in Thai art—seated, standing, reclining, and walking.

Art of India, Nepal, and Tibet: The John and Berthe Ford Gallery

This display includes South Asian sculpture related to ancient Buddhist, Hindu, and Jainist religions; Himalayan bronzes and ritual objects; and a changing selection of Islamic paintings. Nearly all of these works of art were made for places of worship—from Indian stone temples honoring Hindu gods to Tibetan Buddhist monasteries where revered teachers gave lessons in secret techniques of meditation.

This project, as part of the revitalization of One West Mount Vernon Place, has major support from the State of Maryland, the City of Baltimore, the France-Merrick Foundation, Baltimore County, and other generous donors. One West Mount Vernon Place opened in late spring 2018.

Located in Baltimore’s historic Mount Vernon Cultural District, the Walters is free for all.

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