Orientations Magazine | Nov/Dec 2013 Issue

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NOV/DEC 2013


When the Asian galleries of The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA)reopen this winter after an extensive renovation and expansion project, they will serve as a worthy backdrop for the museum’s world-renowned collections of Asian art.

Exemplifying these collections and pictured on the cover of this issue is the iconic Nikko, the Sun Bodhisattva. Introducing this dedicated issue, director David Franklin brings us up to speed on what visitors to the revitalized CMA can look forward to, and discusses his longer-term vision for the museum and the continuation of its legacy. Authors Anita Chung, Samantha Springer, Louise W. Mackie, Sonya Rhie Quintanilla and Matthew P. McKelway give in-depth interpretations of some of Cleveland’s most celebrated artworks and some of its lesser-known gems, on view in the newly reopened Asian wing.

Further on, we have book reviews by Chen Shen and Jane Casey, and on the occasion of a new exhibition at the Musée Guimet, Pierre Baptiste and Thierry Zéphir recall Louis Delaporte’s pivotal role in bringing awareness of Khmer art and civilization to the West in the early 20th century.

Anita Chung. Re-emergence: New Chinese Galleries and Art Acquisitions of The Cleveland Museum of Art
Samantha Springer. Re-examining the Cleveland Carved Lacquer Box: The Conservator’s Perspective
Louise W. Mackie. Transformations: Art from Islamic Lands in the Cleveland Collection
Sonya Rhie Quintanilla. From the Fifth Vizier’s Story to the Gifts of Timur: Mughal Paintings by Sravana in The Cleveland Museum of Art
Matthew P. McKelway. Views of Lake Biwa
Chen Shen. Book Reviews: The Search for Immortality: Tomb Treasures of Han China
Jane Casey. Book Reviews: Protecting Wisdom: Tibetan Book Covers from the MacLean Collection
Reopening of the Asian Galleries at The Cleveland Museum of Art: 60 An Interview with David Franklin