Make 2015 the year you discover Asia at the Met!
It’s a big year at the Museum with a new president, Daniel H. Weiss, on his way, the new outpost for contemporary art (housed in the old Whitney) just named The Met Breuer — and ongoing centennial celebrations of the Department of Asian Art, which kicked off on February 19 with the Lunar New Year.
Centennial celebrations of Asia go beyond the walls of the Museum this year with Travel with the Met journeys scheduled to Central Asia (September 15-30), India (October 1-17, 2015), Iran (November 1-17, 2015), Burma (November 8-22, 2015) and Vietnam & Cambodia, December 26, 2015 – January 8, 2016) . All are led by engaging Museum curators and experts.
China: Through the Looking Glass
A collaboration of the Department of Asian art and the Anna Wintour Costume Center, China: Through the Looking Glass spreads across the Asia galleries on the second floor, where high fashion from the 1700s to the present is juxtaposed with decorative arts from Imperial China. Chinese filmmaker Wong Kar-wei is artistic director for the blockbuster exhibition, which runs from May 7- August 16.
In Burma, the New Year is celebrated not in January or February but in April—and not with fireworks or dragons but with water! The biggest holiday of the year, the Thingyan Water Festival coincides with the start of the hot season, making the tradition of throwing water at passerby all the more welcome. Join us in Burma, not during the hot season, but rather this autumn, when temperatures are more moderate in Southeast Asia. Participants on Treasures of Burma enjoy a private a cappella performance by the students at Gitameit, a non-profit music center — just one of a number of special events planned over the 12-day program led by Met educator David Bowles. Highlights include a river cruise and a two-night stay at the exquisite Bagan Lodge.
What are your plans for December 31, 2015?
Lucky travelers on Kings, Gods & Dragons, scheduled for December 26, 2015 to January 8, 2016 will ring in 2016 at the Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor in Siem Reap. What better place to greet the New Year than the extraordinary Angkor Wat? This Travel with the Met program is led by Olivier Bernier, Vice President of The Center for Khmer Studies in Siem Reap. A popular lecturer and an art historian of many interests, Mr. Bernier is confirmed on a number of Travel with the Met programs in 2016, including Titian to Tiepolo: the Veneto and Venice (April 18 – 27, 2016); Gems of Northern Europe: Hamburg, Hannover & the Hague (June 5-16, 2016); Houses of the English Aristocracy: North England & Wales (June 20-29, 2016); and The Romantic Rhone: Lyon to Arles Aboard M.S. AmaDagio (September 21-30).
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