Between friends and family | The Art Institute of Chicago

The multitude of cultures and artistic traditions across Asia have produced countless examples of visually beautiful and emotionally deep art reflecting the importance of time spent with loved ones. Between friends and family presents a selection of objects from China, Japan and Korea that depict some of the gatherings that enrich daily life and special occasions, emphasizing the value of shared life with friends and family,

Covered Vase (清代康熙西湖景色瓶), Qing dynasty (1664–1912), reign of Kangxi Emperor (1662–1722)

Jindezhen, China. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Bud Berman

Such works capture a range of emotions and scenes that transcend time – the love that unites generations of family, the shared pleasure of friends over a game or work, the camaraderie of a crowd during a show. Collectively, these images of the profound joy that can be found in the company of others serve as a reminder of the importance of human connection, especially in our present moment. This exhibition highlights the value of shared life with friends and family and is presented on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Asian Arts Department of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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