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Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts (Minneapolis, MN 55404-3506)
Yang Liu (Project Director: January 2014 to present)

Archaic Chinese Bronzes at the MIA

Planning for a traveling exhibition, a catalog, public programs, and a symposium about ancient Chinese bronzes dating from 1600 B.C to 200 A.D.

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts respectfully requests a Bridging Cultures planning grant of $75,000 to carry out the first phase of a project to research, interpret, publish, and exhibit the museum's nationally acclaimed collection of archaic Chinese bronzes. The core of the MIA's collection of Chinese bronzes was bequeathed to the museum in 1950 by Alfred Fiske Pillsbury, who amassed a large number of Chinese objects in the early 20th century, guided by personal taste and self-taught connoisseurship. The interpretive goals of the planning phase of the project are 1) to add to the available knowledge about the art, religion, and statecraft of Bronze Age China through the examination of the MIA's archaic bronzes in collaboration with humanities scholars and 2) to convene a cross-divisional taskforce at the MIA to develop the themes and stories that will drive the presentation of the project in the exhibition and related programming.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants

Public Programs

Total amounts:
$60,000 (approved)
$60,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2014 – 7/31/2015