Collecting Asia: The First 50 Years, 1908 – 1958 | Level 1

  • George Croft Collector of Chinese Antiquities & ROM Donor with original photo of Luohan Figure
    George Croft Collector of Chinese Antiquities & ROM Donor with original photo of Luohan Figure
  • Dr. Charles Trick Currelly first Director of Archaeology at the ROM with a Han Dynasty Wenjiu zun vessel and cover
    Dr. Charles Trick Currelly first Director of Archaeology at the ROM with a Han Dynasty Wenjiu zun vessel and cover
  • Sir Edmund Walker President of CIBC, First Chairman of the Board of Directors, and ROM Donor with an Ukiyo-e print of two boys fighting over a doll
    Sir Edmund Walker President of CIBC, First Chairman of the Board of Directors, and ROM Donor with an Ukiyo-e print of two boys fighting over a doll
  • Mrs. H. D. Warren, Member of the First Board of Directors and ROM Donor
    Mrs. H. D. Warren, Member of the First Board of Directors and ROM Donor
  • Bishop William White, Collector and scholar of Chinese artifacts and ROM Donor with a Tripod jue vessel from the Shang Dynasty
    Bishop William White, Collector and scholar of Chinese artifacts and ROM Donor with a Tripod jue vessel from the Shang Dynasty
  • Archival photograph of the Far Eastern Gallery at the Royal Ontario Museum in 1957.
    Buddha on display at the Royal Ontario Museum, 1957

Until June 21, 2015
Herman Herzog Levy Gallery, Level 1

From 1908 to 1958 a group of influential individuals, scholars and art dealers were instrumental in building the ROM’s renowned Asian collections through offering financial support , their collecting prowess and knowledge of Asian cultures. A remarkable collection was assembled, which brought awareness and understanding of distant cultures to Canadians, and a century later continues to connect visitors to the world and to each other. The exhibition will include objects that have never been or are rarely on display, as well as fascinating letters illuminating the stories behind the acquisition of many of the pieces. The ROM was established as an international museum and forged a long-standing relationship with China, echoed today by the partnership with Beijing’s Palace Museum to present The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors Presented by The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation; Lead Sponsor Manulife.



Centennial Government Partners

OntarioOCAF: Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund

Staff

Chen Shen

Vice President, Senior Curator (Bishop White Chair of East Asian Archaeology)

Wen-chien Cheng

Curator (Louise Hawley Stone Chair of East Asian Art)

Deepali Dewan

Curatorship of South Asian Visual Culture (Senior Curator)

Jack Howard

Librarian - Retired, June 2015

Sara Irwin

Research Associate - Guest Curator

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