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Two Exhibitions at the Ringling Museum
Sarasota, Florida USA

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Eternal Offerings | Ai Weiwei: Zodiac Heads

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Two important exhibitions will soon be displayed at the Ringling Museum, one – Eternal Offerings - in the Searing Wing of the Museum of Art, opposite the recently opened Center for Asian Art in the Dr. Helga Wall-Apelt Gallery of Asian Art at the Ringling Museum, while the other – Ai Weiwei’s Zodiac Heads - will be installed on the museum grounds. The Center for Asian Art in the Dr. Helga Wall-Apelt Gallery is a state-of-the-art facility for the display, conservation and storage of Asian Art, and is a wonderful recent addition to the Asian art scene in the United States. (Please visit  The History of the Ringling and the Center for Asian Art for more information)

Eternal Offerings features a select group of almost 100 objects from the collection of early Chinese bronzes of the Minneapolis Museum of Art. This exhibition, in the Searing Wing where all traveling exhibitions are hosted, marks the first time pieces from this important collection have traveled.

At the same time that the Eternal Offerings exhibition opens, the Zodiac Heads of renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei will be installed on the Museum grounds. This installation is a creative recreation of the fabled fountain-clock of the Yuanming Yuan, an 18th-century imperial retreat just outside Beijing which was created by two European Jesuits for the Emperor Qianlong, and later looted by French and British troops in 1860.

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