Art Looks East

The Ringling Celebrates a New Direction

A community festival marks the opening of the museum complex's new Center for Asian Art.

By Sarasota Magazine Staff May 10, 2016

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 With its gleaming new Center for Asian Art, the Ringling Museum now has a permanent home for its collection of Asian art—traditional and contemporary prints, porcelain, Buddhas, jewelry and more. And what a home. The building itself, designed by the Boston-based architectural firm Machado Silvetti, is a jewel box clad in gorgeous jade-green terra cotta tiles. It stands at the southwest corner of the museum complex, a dramatic juxtaposition against the original 1920s building.

A good portion of the center opened earlier this spring, and the final gallery spaces are now available for public viewing. To celebrate, The Ringling is hosting a festival of Asian arts and culture from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Among the festivities are a Chinese lion dancer, Balinese and Bollywood dancing, Indian tabla players, Japanese taiko drummers, Ikebana flower arranging demonstrations, karate and qi gong workshops and much more.  Participation is included in your admission to the museum; free for museum members.

Click here to view some highlights of The Ringling’s remarkable Asian art collection, as told to us by Fan Zhang, the museum’s Helga Wall-Apelt Associate Curator of Asian Art.

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