Rockefeller-owned Asian art coming to New Orleans

March 1, 2020 GMT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Asia Society Museum is lending the New Orleans Museum of Art nearly 70 pieces of Asian art collected by John D. Rockefeller 3rd and his wife, Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller.

The bronze, ceramic and metalwork spans more than two millennia, and will be on display in New Orleans from March 13 through June 7, the New Orleans museum said on its website.

The exhibition, titled “Buddha and Shiva, Lotus and Dragon,” will look at themes of Buddhist sculpture, Hindu sculpture, and ceramics and metalwork. It also will examine the Rockefellers’ collecting and exhibition practices.


Items to be shown include a late second- or third-century head of Buddha, sculpted in Pakistan; a copper alloy statue of Shiva as lord of the dance, made in India about 970; and a Chinese porcelain bowl painted with brown birds, flowering plants and rocks, made sometime from 1723 to 1735.

Events during the exhibition will range from talks by artists and curators to meditation sessions and demonstrations of the Japanese tea ceremony.