Explore how trade routes inspired and influenced art over time and across the Asian continent. Linking Asia: Art, Trade, and Devotion features approximately 150 sculptures, ceramics, textiles, scrolls, and other multi-dimensional works from 20 countries that span more than 2,500 years.
Linking Asia dives deeper into the exchange of ideas, beliefs, and techniques along trade routes including the Silk Road, which profoundly affected the development of Asian art. The presentation considers themes such as artistic inspiration and cross-cultural hybridization of styles, trade by land and sea, ink art trends in East Asia, and religious links before the twentieth century.
Works on view from the DAM’s Asian art collection include visitor favorite Shiva, King of Dancers (Shiva Nataraja) and many on view for the first time, such as objects from three shipwrecks.
The exhibition is curated by Tianlong Jiao, Joseph de Heer Curator of Asian Art at the DAM. A catalog accompanying the exhibition is the first major record of the DAM’s Asian art collection, which originated in 1915, and spans a period from the fourth millennium B.C. to the present. The catalog is available in The Shop and online.
This exhibition is free for members (included in general admission).