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September 19, 2015 – January 3, 2016

One of the finest collections of works to be held by a single family, the Henry and Rose Pearlman Collection has not toured in its entirety since 1974, when it was placed on long-term loan at the Princeton University Art Museum and where it has remained ever since.  This major exhibition will present Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces from the Pearlman Collection and will feature paintings and sculptures by artists who were transformative members of the avant-garde of their day. 

October 3, 2015 – January 10, 2016

A sacred complex of more than seven hundred primarily Buddhist cave-grottoes located in the western province of Gansu near the city of Dunhuang preserves an astonishing trove of early styles and periods of art that rarely survive elsewhere in China. Strategically located at the crossroads of the northern and southern routes of the ancient Silk Road, the caves were built and rebuilt over the course of a millennium beginning in the mid-fourth century.

October 3, 2015 – January 24, 2016

Composed more than 1,000 years ago by the Persian poet Firdausi, the Shahnama, or Book of Kings, narrates the story of Iran from the dawn of time to the 7th century A.D. This sweeping epic contains over 50,000 verses and countless tales of Iran’s ancient kings and heroes. Firdausi’s Shahnama has been a source of artistic inspiration in Persian culture for centuries and provides the essential basis for our understanding of the history of Persian painting as it developed from late medieval through early modern times.

October 17, 2015 – February 7, 2016

Ursula von Rydingsvard (born 1942) has explored organic and inorganic materials, the familiar and the unfamiliar for decades. She is best known for her often monumentally scaled work in cedar—frequently crafted from four-by-fours painstakingly remade with such untraditional sculptural tools as a circular saw, and then assembled in equally transformative modes. Von Rydingsvard’s process is laborious and her approach fearless.


January 23, 2016 – April 17, 2016

The British passion for landscape—already present in the literary works of Milton, Shakespeare, and even Chaucer—began to dominate the visual arts at the time of the Industrial Revolution. In his poem “Jerusalem” (1804), William Blake wrote of both “England’s green and pleasant land” and the “dark satanic mills” of its new industrial cities.