Tuesday, July 30, 2019 to Sunday, December 15, 2019

Location: Ripin Gallery (directions)

Various Insects, drawing.
Photo: Courtesy of the Allen Memorial Art Museum

Insects abound in the arts of East Asian cultures—historically more so than in Europe, due in part to biblical portrayals that inspired fear of such creatures. Drawn from the AMAM’s permanent collection, this exhibition introduces some of the ways insects are represented and interpreted in the arts of China and Japan. Works include paintings, prints, and decorative arts ranging from the symbolic or literary, to those made for purely aesthetic or practical reasons.

Organized by Kevin R. E. Greenwood, Joan L. Danforth Curator of Asian Art.

Image Description

"Various Insects" (detail), late 19th century
Ink and color on rice paper
Allen Memorial Art Museum, 1900.20.3

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