Masterpieces of Lacquer Art from the Mike Healy Collection

05.10.2007 to 06.01.2008

After the splendid exhibition "A Japanese Taste for Lacquer. The Klaus F. Naumann Collection", presented in 2006 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the East Asian art collection, the Museum of Asian Art will now present a further spectacular private collection including highlights of Chinese lacquer art. The exhibition shows 31 outstanding pieces of Chinese lacquerware spanning a period of over 1500 years and typifying numerous lacquer techniques in their highest form of perfection. Among the highlights are the black lacquers with nacre inlays from the Yuang dynasty (13th to 14th centuries) and the exquisite carved lacquer pieces from the early 15th century.

The collection was assembled by the private collector Mike Healy who lives on the Island of Hawaii. The exhibition was organised in co-operation with the Honolulu Academy of Arts, where it was on show initially. Due to the generous support of Mike Healy and Tim Walsh, Berlin was able to become its first European venue.