It’s Time We Met, Really!

Met American Wing
Met American Wing

Finally, based on the press release from Met, the new American Wing Gallery (second phase) will reopen on May 19. I cannnot wait to see the best collection of American Art available again to its pubic!

On May 30, the Met has a special event: Curator lectures about different aspects of American collection from  architecture, silver to ceramics and furniture. Please visit their website for the detail.

Here is the excerpt from the press release:

When The Charles Engelhard Court-the grand, light-filled pavilion that has long served as the formal entrance to The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s American Wing-reopens this spring after two years of construction and renovation, the Museum’s unparalleled collections of American ceramics, sculpture, stained glass, architectural elements, silver, pewter, glass, and jewelry will finally be seen in all their glory. So, too, will its early American rooms-12 of the Met’s historic interiors, mostly from the colonial period, located on three floors of the wing’s historic core-that have been reordered, renovated, and reinterpreted. The popular American Wing Café will also reopen in its previous location on the park side of the court. The opening of the galleries marks the completion of the second part (begun in May 2007) of a project to reconfigure, renovate, or upgrade nearly every section of The American Wing by 2011.

About Hui

Wang Hui lived from 1632 - 1717 and followed in the footprints of his great grandfathers, grandfather, father and uncles and learned painting at a very early age. He was later taught by two contemporary masters, Zhang Ke and Wang Shimin, who taught him to work in the tradition of copying famous Chinese paintings. This is most likely the reason why critics claim that his work is conservative and reflects the Yuan and Song traditions. One critic claimed that "his landscape paintings reflect his nostalgic attachment to classical Chinese aesthetics. Along with the other Wangs, Wang Hui helped to perpetuate the tradition of copying the ancient masters rather than creating original work.

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