The acquisition of works of art is central to the Metropolitan Museum's mission, and was a hallmark of Philippe de Montebello's tenure as director. In conjunction with the exhibition The Philippe de Montebello Years, this series of lectures and panel discussions celebrates the impressive additions to the Museum collections made under Mr. de Montebello's esteemed directorship.
Curator Maxwell Hearn talks about the building of one of the world's most comprehensive collections of Asian art. During the tenure of Philippe de Montebello, the Asian Art collection grew from two galleries, in 1971, to fifty galleries today, a revolutionary transformation achieved largely by the dedication of Douglas Dillon and curator Wen Fong. Hearn considers three transformative masterpieces of Chinese painting in the Met's collection: Han Gan's Night-Shining White, Guo Xi's Old Trees, Level Distance, and Mi Fu's poem Sailing on the Wu River.
Maxwell K. Hearn, Douglas Dillon Curator in the Department of Asian Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Center for the History of Collecting in America at The Frick Collection
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