Jesse and Nellie Shwayder Galleries, William Sharpless Jackson Jr. Gallery, Walter + Mona Lutz Gallery & Bj Averitt Gallery, Level 5, North Building
The Denver Art Museum's Asian art collection originated in 1915 with a donation of Chinese and Japanese art objects from a single passionate collector and has broadened to include works from the entire Asian continent. Spanning a period from the fourth millennium B.C. to the present, these objects illustrate the wide-ranging achievements of Asian artists and artisans.
The William Sharpless Jackson Jr. Gallery provides visitors with the opportunity to explore particular aspects of Asian art in greater depth. It features changing exhibitions drawn from the museum's extensive holdings and guest exhibitions from other Asian art collections.
Displays of bamboo art from China, Japan, and Korea are shown in the Walter + Mona Lutz Gallery, a space dedicated exclusively for artwork made of bamboo. The Lutz Bamboo Collection became a family love affair, and the Denver Art Museum is the fortunate recipient of more than 900 gifts from three generations of the Lutz family—Walter and Mona, Tina and Michael Chow, Adelle Lutz and David Byrne, China Chow, Maximilian Chow, and Malu Byrne.
The Bj Averitt Gallery features art from Southwest Asia, including examples from the Anatolian and Arabian peninsulas, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia. Objects in the gallery represent many millennia of art, beginning with the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, and following the flourishing and growth of Islam to the present day. Regions where this culture spread, such as Africa, Southern Europe, and Southeast Asia, also are represented.
Dr. Huan Xiong, associate professor at Sun Yat-sen University, will lead us through the four stages of Sino-Japanese porcelain relationships to better recognize the similarities and differences to be found in their beauty. More
The 30 artworks in this exhibition reveal the versatility of lacquer as a medium used by Japanese artists to create containers, trays, plaques, braziers, and screens of enduring beauty. More
Robert Yellin, noted dealer and author on ceramics of Japan, will look at how contemporary Japanese ceramic artists are reinterpreting ancient traditions, and bringing new visions to old forms. More
Join Chinese medicine practitioners/artists Daniel Hudson, Dr. Henry Wu, Isshaela Ingham, Albert Stern, and Spencer Ames for an exploration of topics on Asian medicine and the Asian art on display at the DAM. More
The intricate decoration of the items on view includes religious imagery as well as people, animals, birds, insects, plants, and landscapes that tell stories or have symbolic meaning. More
This exhibition features 65 examples of contemporary Japanese ceramic arts, created by 35 Japanese artists, from the celebrated collection of Robert and Lisa Kessler. More
The history of Japan’s warring-states period, which lasted from 1467 to 1600, is filled with stories of famous battles and brilliant samurai warriors. Leading armies of tens of thousands, three stood out as the most successful warriors of their time, becoming known as the three unifiers of Japan. More
Various forms of Buddhism played a major role in the life of the samurai, and we find this influence throughout several pieces on display. More
2015 is the centennial anniversary of Asian art at the DAM. More
The Denver Art Museum recently announced that three curators joined the museum. Below is a brief introduction. Stay tuned for more information and opportunities to get to know them and their growing art collections.
Tianlong Jiao, Joseph de Heer Curator of Asian Art More
A discussion of Asian artworks in our collection similar to Cartier's inspirations and designs. More
Ronald Otsuka, the DAM's Dr. Joseph de Heer Curator of Asian Art, started at the Denver Art Museum in 1973, and this month he retires. More
Select publications by or about the Asian art department include:
- Xu Beihong: Pioneer of Modern Chinese Painting. Ronald Y. Otsuka and Fangfang Xu. Denver Art Museum, 2011.
- Full Frontal: Contemporary Asian Artists from the Logan Collection. Ronald Y. Otsuka, Tom J. Whitten, and Kent Logan. Denver Art Museum, 2003.
- Adornment for Eternity: Status and Rank in Chinese Ornament. Julie M. White, Emma C. Bunker, and Chen Peifen. Denver Art Museum in association with the Woods Publishing Company, 1994.
- Pathways to the Afterlife: Early Chinese Art from the Sze Hong Collection. Julia M. White and Ronald Y. Otsuka. Denver Art Museum in association with University of Hawaii Press, 1993.
In 1915 Walter C. Mead pledged his Asian art collection to the people of Denver in 1915 and prompted the Denver Art Museum to include Asian art in its representation of world art. The Mead Collection was first exhibited at the Denver Museum of Natural History and transferred to the Denver Art Museum's new galleries in the Denver City and County Building in 1932–33. In 1937, Mead sold the remainder of his collection—-including several thousand Asian art objects—to the Denver Art Museum for the nominal sum of one dollar. Beginning in 1946, a series of gifts from Harry B. Goodwin and his wife, Mary Guthrie Goodwin helped establish the museum's collection of South and Southeast Asian art.
- Tianlong Jiao, Joseph de Heer Curator of Asian Art
- Douglas R. Wagner, Curatorial Assistant
- Sarah Magnatta, Interpretive Specialist
- Beverly Little, Curator's Circle Coordinator
- Chelsea Finical, Provenance Research Assistant
- Ronald Y. Otsuka, Curator Emeritus, Dr. Joseph de Heer Curator of Asian Art 1973-2014