Exhibitions - The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

A selection of Asian works from the collections of Dr. Helga Wall-Apelt and Ira and Nancy Koger will be on display during the opening months of the Ulla R. and Arthur F. Searing Wing.

This Wall-Apelt collection features 19th and 20th-century jades, 12th and 13th-century Cambodian stone figures, 18th and 19th-century Southeast Asian bronze sculptures and contemporary Asian art. The Koger Collection spans nearly 5,000 years of Chinese ceramics from the Neolithic period in 2500 B.C.E. to the 19th century and includes exceptional examples of Chinese earthenware, stoneware, and porcelain. A sampling of each collection will be paired to create one intimate look at the Ringling Museum's vast non-western art.

Dr. Wall-Apelt’s collection of Asian Art was part of a generous gift in January 2006 by the noted art collector. It was the largest gift in Museum history and in addition to the collection of works, includes funding for a new curatorial post and the building of an Asian art wing at the Museum, which will be named in Dr. Wall-Apelt’s honor. The new wing, 10,000-square-feet of renovated space and new galleries to be started in 2008, will house the Wall-Apelt collection and the impressive Koger collection of Chinese ceramics, which was acquired by the Museum in 2002.

Assembled by porcelain connoisseurs Ira and Nancy Koger, the Koger collection features beautifully proportioned, elegantly formed utilitarian and decorative pieces. The Koger Collection’s blanc-de-Chine is recognized as the finest collection in the country. This collection dates from prehistoric times to the 19th century – over 5,000 years of Chinese ceramic masterpieces. The collection was a bequest by Ira and Nancy Koger to The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in 2001.

Please visit www.ringling.org for additional current exhibition information.

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