Ito Jakuchu, The Thirty-Six Immortal Poets (1 of a pair), 1798, Ink on paper, 55.313” x 128”, Denver Art Museum Collection: Funds from the Marion G. Hendrie Fund, Asian Art Department Acquisition Fund and Margaret Polak, 1977.35.1

Asian Art Galleries

Ito Jakuchu, The Thirty-Six Immortal Poets (1 of a pair), 1798, Ink on paper, 55.313” x 128”, Denver Art Museum Collection: Funds from the Marion G. Hendrie Fund, Asian Art Department Acquisition Fund and Margaret Polak, 1977.35.1

Abstract Japanese water painting of a lotus

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Ink and color drawing of a lion hunting a snake

Xu Beihong, Lion and Snake, 1938. Ink and colors on paper, 36½ x 35. Lent by Robert and Lisa Kessler, 230.2021.

Fantastic Brush: Twentieth-Century Chinese Ink Art from the Robert and Lisa Kessler Collection

With the collapse of China's last imperial dynasty in 1911 and the subsequent wars and political upheavals, the centuries-long tradition of Chinese ink art transformed dramatically as artists responded to the changing times. The artists in the Fantastic Brush: Twentieth-Century Chinese Ink Art from the Robert and Lisa Kessler Collection gallery all explored ways to bring traditional ink painting and calligraphy into the modern world. Artworks featured include some of the most influential Chinese artists of the past hundred years.

Fantastic Brush is a temporary exhibition located in the Asian art galleries and is on view through Fall 2022.

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Calligraphy and ink and color painting on paper have a rich tradition dating back more than a thousand years in China. Fantastic Brush: Twentieth-Century Chinese Ink Art from the Robert and Lisa Kessler Collection, accompanying a special exhibition gallery of the same name organized by the Denver Art Museum, richly exmaines this exciting and transformative period in Chinese art.

The catalog and many others are available to purchase at the DAM's Shop or online.

Bodhisattva of Wisdom statue made out of bronze

Bodhisattva of Wisdom (Manjusri) with His Consort Prajna. 1571. gilt bronze and semi-precious stones. Gift of Irene Littledale Downs. 1972.127.

The Asian Art Collection

Artworks from this gallery are part of the Denver Art Museum's Asian art collection. With over 7,000 works, the DAM is an internationally recognized institution for collecting and promoting Asian art.

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