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S3 E30 | CLIP

Oriental Gallery

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts has one of the finest collections of oriental art in the country. Enjoy this visual display.

AIRED: May 21, 1980 | 0:08:01
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
TRANSCRIPT

>> THREE CENTURIES OF FRENCH

HISTORY, THE 20th CENTURY

FLUTIST, PLAYING 19th CENTURY

MUSIC IN AN 18th CENTURY

PERSIAN DRAWING ROOM.

THAT ROOM, BY THE WAY, IS IN

THE MINNEAPOLIS INSTITUTE OF

ARTS. SO-SO IS OUR FINAL PIECE.

IT'S ABOUT OUR NEW ORIENTAL

GALLERY.

I WON'T SAY MUCH MORE.

JUST REMEMBER, THAT AS MUCH AS

WE CAN LEARN ABOUT THE HISTORY

AND THE CULTURES THAT PRODUCE

THESE WORKS OF ART, HE WE

SHOULDN'T LET THAT KEEP US

FROM THE SIMPLE VISUAL

ENJOYMENT OF THEM. THAT'S WHERE IT ALL HAS TO

START.

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>> THE MINNEAPOLIS INSTITUTE

OF ARTS HAS ONE OF THE FINEST

COLLECTIONS OF ORIENTAL ART IN

THE COUNTRY.

>> MOST OF THE COLLECTION

COMES FROM THE PRIVATE

HOLDINGS OF THREE MEN WHOSE

FORTUNES CAME FROM THE MILLING

INDUSTRY.

ALFRED PILLSBURY CONTRIBUTED

HIS OUTSTANDING COLLECTION OF

ANCIENT CHINESE BRONZES AND

JADE, MORE THAN 700

EXCEPTIONAL PIECES, FROM

AUGUSTUS SERRO, AN EARLY

BUSINESS PARTNER OF PILLSBURY,

THE INSTITUTE RECEIVED AN

EXTENSIVE COLLECTION OF

CHINESE CERAMICS, JADE, GOLD

AND SILVER, AND WHEN RICHARD

GAIL, PILLSBURY'S NEPHEW,

DONATED OVER 300 JAPANESE

PRINTS AND PAINTINGS, THE

MUSEUM'S COLLECTION HAD GROWN

TO INTERNATIONAL STATURE.

THE MINNEAPOLIS INSTITUTE OF

ARTS WAS BUILT IN 1915, ONE OF

THE OUTSTANDING MUSEUM

BUILDINGS OF ITS DAY.

BUT GROWING COLLECTIONS AND A

LACK OF EXHIBITION SPACE MADE

EXPANSION NECESSARY.

AND IN 1974, A NEW ADDITION

OPENED.

BUT MUCH OF THE ORIENTAL

COLLECTION STAYED IN THE OLDER

PART OF THE MUSEUM, IN A

HALLWAY BETWEEN GREEK COLUMNS.

OBJECTS WERE PACKED TOGETHER

IN SMALL CASES MAKING IT HARD

TO DISTINGUISH ONE PIECE FROM

ANOTHER.

THE LIGHTING CAME FROM HIGH

ABOVE AND THE SMALL ARTIFACTS

SEEMED TO DISAPPEAR INTO EMPTY

SPACE.

MUCH OF THE ORIENTAL

COLLECTION HAD NO SPACE AT

ALL.

HUNDREDS OF OUTSTANDING WORKS

OF ART WERE LOCKED AWAY IN

OVERFILLED STORAGE ROOMS.

UNSEEN BY THE PUBLIC.

SO, IN THE SUMMER OF 1978,

CONSTRUCTION BEGAN ON A NEW

GALLERY FOR THE ORIENTAL

COLLECTION.

YOU WERE THE DIRECTION OF

ORIENTAL CURATOR ROBERT

JACOBSON, A SPACE WAS DESIGNED

TO REFLECT THE CHARACTER OF

ASIAN ART.

THE ARCHITECTURE HAS A

JAPANESE AESTHETIC.

NATURAL CHERRY WOOD CREATES A

MOOD OF WARMTH AND QUIET.

IN SEPTEMBER, 1979, THE NEW

GALLERY OPENED.

NOW THE COLLECTION HAS AN

APPROPRIATE SHOW PLACE.

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BUDDHA, THE PRIMARY SUBJECT OF

ASIAN SCULPTURE.

THIS 12th CENTURY STATUE WAS

CARVEnd JAPAN OUT OF CYPRUS

WOOD.

NOW IT OCCUPIES ITS PLACE AS A

CENTERPIECE OF THE MUSEUM'S

COLLECTION.

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>> THE JADE MOUNTAIN WAS

COMMISSIONED BY THE EMPEROR OF

CHINA IN THE 18th CENTURY,

WEIGHING 640 POUNDS, IT'S THE

SECOND LARGEST PIECE OF CARVED

JADE IN THE WORLD.

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>> THESE CERAMIC FIGURES COME

FROM THE TOMB OF A CHINESE

ARISTOCRAT OF THE EIGHTH

CENTURY.

THIS SET IS THE ONLY ONE OF

ITS KIND IN AMERICA,

EXCEPTIONALLY RARE AND NOW

PROMINENTLY DISPLAYED.

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THE NEW ORIENTAL GALLERY GIVES

THE PUBLIC AN EXCITING

OPPORTUNITY TO SEE ONE OF THE

MOST SPECTACULAR COLLECTIONS

IN THE COUNTRY.

JADE, LACQUER, TEXTILES,

PRINTS, PAINTINGS, CERAMICS,

SCULPTURE AND MUCH MORE. A UNIQUE COLLECTION HAS FOUND

ITS PROPER PLACE.

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>> SO MUCH VARIETY AND SO MANY

DIFFERENT MATERIALS.

I NEVER TIRE OF LOOKING AT

THAT COLLECTION.

AND I WORK THERE.

NEXT WEEK WILL BE THE LAST

PROGRAM IN THIS SEASON OF WYLD

RYCE. I HOPE YOU'LL BE WATCHING.

I'M SAM SAX.

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