McNay Art Museum Presents The Orient Expressed. Japan’s Influence on Western Art 1854-1918

The McNay Art Museum Presents The Orient Expressed: Japan’s Influence on Western Art, 1854-1918 on view January 15, 2012.

The Orient Expressed focuses on the worldwide phenomenon known as Japonisme, which permeated art and culture in the West in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Organized by the Mississippi Museum of Art and curated by Gabriel P. Weisberg, PhD, professor of art history at the University of Minnesota, this traveling exhibition brings more than 150 objects, including ceramics, drawings, glass, paintings, prints, and silver, to San Antonio, demonstrating the pervasive fascination with Japanese style.

The McNay Art Museum, founded in 1950 in San Antonio, is the first modern art museum in the State of Texas. The museum was created by Marion Koogler McNay’s original bequest of most of her fortune, her important art collection and her 24-room Spanish Colonial Revival-style mansion that sits on 23 acres (9.3 ha) that are landscaped with fountains, broad lawns and a Japanese-inspired garden and fishpond.
McNay was an American painter and art teacher who inherited a substantial oil fortune upon the death of her father. The museum was named after her, and has been expanded to include galleries of medieval and Renaissance artwork and a larger collection of 20th-century European and American modernist work.

McNay Art Museum, 6000 North New Braunfels, San Antonio, Texas 78209

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