The history of Asian art or Eastern artincludes a vast range of influences from various cultures and religions. Developments in Asian art historically parallel those in Western artin general a few centuries earlier. Buddhist art originated in the Indian subcontinent in the centuries following the life of the historical Gautama Buddha in the 6th to 5th century BCE, before evolving through its contact with other cultures and its diffusion through the rest of Asia and the world.
Two years after opening its doors inThe Minneapolis Institute of Arts purchased its first Asian object—a magnificent black marble statue of a bejeweled Kuan-yin from 6th-century China. Since then, the collection has grown to more than 9, objects representing seventeen cultures. Inwith major funding from The Freeman Foundation, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts produced The Art of Asia —an online resource for museum visitors, teachers, students, and everyone interested in Asian art, culture, and history.
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Bronze Head with Gold Foil Mask c. The huge Asian continent has given birth to numerous types of art that predate anything seen in the West. Ancient potteryfor example, first appeared in China, as did large scale bronze sculpturesericulture, as well as jade carving and lacquerware, and also calligraphy. In other fields - such as terracotta sculpturefor instance - Chinese ingenuity and creativity is unmatched, while in the arts of painting and metalwork the contribution of Chinese artists has been outstanding.
A graduate course offered by the School of Art and Design. Contemporary art from various Asian contexts has attained a high level of international visibility during the past two decades. In part brought about by geopolitical developments, a major and continuing realignment of international exhibition rationales has seen the work of a number of Asian artists featured regularly in major biennial and triennial exhibitions around the world.
Asian Art. India, Arabic, and Indonesia About to Hindu architecture.
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Music and danceritual customs, modes of worship, and literary ideals are similar throughout the subcontinent, even though the region has been divided into kaleidoscopic political patterns through the centuries. Kinship between the gods and heroes of regions far distant from each other is evident, and the place-names themselves often evoke common sources. Moreover, there have been continual attempts to impose a political unity over the region.
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