Art Exhibit
Chinese Buddhist Art
10th-15th Centuries
Saint Louis, Missouri

March 30 - September 30, 2018

Seated Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara (Guanyin) (detail), c.952; Chinese;
Five Dynasties period (907–960); ink and colors on primed mud-wall construction


Location: Saint Louis Art Museum, One Fines Arts Drive, Forest Park, St. Louis, MO

Dates: March 30 - September 30, 2018

     Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm
     Friday: open until 9 pm
     Closed on Mondays

Description: Chinese Buddhist Art, 10th-15th Centuries: In the centuries after Buddhism was introduced to China in the early part of the Han dynasty (AD 25–220), the style of Chinese Buddhist art developed its own unique characteristics. Spanning nearly 600 years - from the Five Dynasties (907-960) to the early part of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) - Chinese Buddhist Art, 10th-15th Centuries explores this evolution with rarely exhibited works from the Museum’s collection that depict significant Buddhist subjects, including bodhisattvas, arhats, and lotuses.

The centerpiece of the exhibition is a wall painting depicting the Seated Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara (Guanyin) that once decorated a temple hall in northern China during the Five Dynasties period. One of the oldest and largest surviving works of its kind, the wall painting was given to the Museum by C.T. Loo, the preeminent dealer of Chinese art and artifacts during the first half of the 20th century. Also on view are four hanging scrolls, including a pair illustrated with lotuses, and a painted wooden sculpture of a seated arhat that has never been exhibited at the Museum.


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