Striking New Center Designed by Machado Silvetti Underlines Ringling’s Commitment to Study and Appreciation of Asian Art
SARASOTA, Fla., April 4, 2016 – The Ringling welcomes the public to the newest addition to its storied campus – The Center for Asian Art in the Dr. Helga Wall-Apelt Gallery of Asian Art – on Sunday, May 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a lively and enriching festival of Asian arts and cultures. The new Center for Asian Art fosters the exploration of historical and contemporary Asian art through exhibitions, research and programs, while celebrating the breadth and depth of Asian artistic achievements. The event is included with the price of admission to The Ringling.
“The new Center for Asian Art represents The Ringling’s long-term investment in Asian art and culture, which extends beyond its walls and is reflected across the organization,” said Ringling Executive Director Steven High.
The event will feature engaging performances, storytelling, art-making activities, games, demonstrations and gallery guides, and visitors of all ages will have the opportunity to experience the deep cultural traditions and vibrant contemporary directions of one of the most diverse and exhilarating regions in the world. In addition, a variety of foods will offer a culinary tour of Asia. The festival builds on relationships that The Ringling has developed with Asian cultural organizations in the region over many years of presenting Asian-themed exhibitions, programs and performances.
Among the highlights of the day will be a scavenger hunt in the galleries, a performance of Taiko Japanese drummers, a pan-Asian martial arts demonstration, a family yoga workshop, a Kimono presentation and a live exhibit of silk worms.
The 25,000-square-foot Center for Asian Art includes galleries dedicated to rotating installations of The Ringling’s Asian art holdings, a 125-seat lecture hall, an object and print study room and open storage spaces to increase public access to the collections.
“We look forward to inaugurating this significant new resource with everyone in the Gulf Coast communities,” said Maureen Zaremba, Curator of Education. “The educational opportunities and increased public engagement with the arts and cultures of Asia afforded by the new center are truly spectacular.”
Support for the community celebration is provided by Gulf Coast Community Foundation, PNC Wealth Management, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bank of America.
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The Ringling is a center for art and history, situated on 66 magnificent acres on the shores of Sarasota Bay. It is built on the remarkable legacy of circus entrepreneur, collector of art and financier John Ringling and his wife Mable.
The Ringling inspires visitors with an acclaimed collection of Old Master paintings, delights them with the story of the American circus as told through the first American circus museum as well as the world’s largest circus model, and transports them to the Roaring Twenties during a tour of the magnificent Ca’ d’Zan mansion.
The Ringling is also committed to exhibiting the work of an emerging community of living artists whose work moves beyond traditional practice and features dynamic and engaging contemporary visual and performing arts, including a diverse roster of theater, music, dance and film.
more info: The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art