Monday, February 9, 2009

Two museum exhibits

I recently visited two great museum exhibits in the Seattle region that are not to be missed.

The Bellevue Art Museum is presenting until May 31, 2009:

American Quilt Classics, 1800-1980 The Bresler Collection
This eclectic group was collected by Fleur Brestler 30 years ago and has become an impressive and historically important collection of quilts. The 36 piece collection ranges from late 18th century and early 19th century whole cloth and block printed chintz quilts to mid 19th century appliqué and album quilts. It also includes wonderful examples of a handful of unique pieces from the 20th century.

The Seattle Asian Art Museum is presenting thru April 26,2009:

Garden & Cosmos: The Royal Paintings of Jodhpur

The exhibit includes paintings in a rich palette of colors by the court artists depicting the 16th and 17th century Maharaja’s with their harems in fantastic gardens and images of royal luxury with heavenly landscapes populated by Hindu deities. Most of the fifty-five paintings in Garden and Cosmos have only been seen by the Maharaja’s and scholars!

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