Buddha, Shiva, Lotus, Dragon: The Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection at Asia Society art exhibit will be open to the public from June 27 to Sept. 5 at the Kimbell Art Museum. The exhibit features 67 of the nearly 300 pieces gathered by the Rockefeller family in the years after World War II. 

“What it really represents is the idea that, if you can understand the art and culture of a country, then you can start to understand the people,” Jennifer Casler Price, the curator of Asian, African, and Ancient American art at the Kimbell Art Museum, said. “You can then start to bridge those gaps. We can’t all necessarily just go live in a country or learn a foreign language, and that is why the Rockefellers wanted to bring this art to America.”

John D. Rockefeller and Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller collected nearly 300 works of art after World War II, Jennifer Casler Price, the art’s curator, said. (Cristian ArguetaSoto | Fort Worth Report)

The exhibit features pieces collected by the Rockefellers from Nepal, Cambodia, China, India, Pakistan, Vietnam, Japan and many more countries. Viewers are taken on a journey through history exploring how countries influenced one another and how historical events like the Silk Road affected art and culture.

Cristian ArguetaSoto is a reporting fellow for the Fort Worth Report. Contact him at cristian.arguetasoto@fortworthreport.org or via Twitter.

Editor’s note: Changed “The exhibit features a collection of nearly 300 pieces gathered by the Rockefeller family in the years after World War II” to “The exhibit features 67 of the nearly 300 pieces gathered by the Rockefeller family in the years after World War II.”

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Cristian ArguetaSoto is the community engagement journalist at the Fort Worth Report. He can be reached at cristian.arguetasoto@fortworthreport.org or (817) 317-6991.

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