Passions of an Elegant Lady
Asian Fabrics from the Hammonds Collection

Museum für Asiatische Kunst

This exhibition showcases objects from the MCH Foundation's Hammonds Collection of Asian fabrics, which was presented to the museum as a permanent loan and which has filled one of the most striking gaps in the museum's permanent collection of East-Asian art.

Luxurious costumes from Nô performances, colourful robes and elaborately patterned obi belts originally worn by elegant ladies, exquisite drapes for altars, stoles and mantles crafted for Japanese Buddhist priests, and rare textiles from China will all go on show to the public for the first time. The fabrics provide a fascinating insight into the technical sophistication and diverse ornamentation in East-Asian textile arts. Numbering in excess of fifty objects, the collection was compiled by the deceased concert pianist, diplomat's wife, and world traveller, Magdalene C. Hammonds (1903-1995), who acquired most of the objects in East Asia in the period between 1935 and 1955.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue, edited by Walter Bruno Brix, featuring contributions from Alan Kennedy and Clarissa Gräfin von Spee.

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Lansstraße 8 / Arnimallee 25
14195 Berlin

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Thu 10:00 - 17:00
Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 11:00 - 18:00

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Please note that due to preparations for the transfer to the Humboldt Forum the Collection of South, Southeast, and Central Asian Art on the ground floor, that contains, amongst others, the famous 'Turfan' collection as well as art from India, have been closed since 11 January 2016.

Extended opening time Fri 6 to Sun 8 January 2017
Over the weekend of 7–8 January, the Ethnologisches Museum and the Museum für Asiatische Kunst will open their doors for the last time at their current location, before preparing in readiness for the move to Humboldt Forum. For this reason, the opening hours on this weekend will be extended and special events will be on offer.
Fri 6 January 2017: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sat 7 January 2017: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sun 8 January 2017 : 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

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