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难忘的艺术之旅:
相约在纳尔逊-阿特金斯艺术博物馆
KCCA Nelson Visit a Great Success

七月九日周六上午,来自不同家庭的七十多名中美朋友,在开馆前就早早的聚集在纳尔逊-阿特金斯艺术博物馆门口,等待着中国馆资深馆长科林.麦肯齐(马林)博士的带领,参观正在展出的《春花到秋霜: 東亞藝術中的四季》画展,以及随后对全馆的浏览。





参观的人群中有不同年龄层的男女老少,还有许多的艺术家和艺术爱好者,特别是从中国来的画家和国内博物馆专业人士。大家对每件艺术作品都表示出极大的兴趣,并对堪城华人协会(KCCA)组织的这次活动给予了充分的肯定,并希望今后能多多举办这类的活动。

以下摘自一位参观家长的留言:“今天参观博物馆的活动挺不错,用我老公的话说,跟随着馆长这个中国通,介绍了中国的文物收藏,有专家的陪看感觉很是不一般,前几次来都是走马观花,这次是长知识了。不少父母也带着孩子来,带孩子去博物馆的好处挺多,不仅可以提高孩子的学习动机,陶冶他们的艺术情操,培养审美思想,还能在互动解说中促进亲子之间的良好关系。参观中国馆还让孩子感受到中国文化的博大精深,对中国艺术文化的内涵有了更深层次的了解,激发了文化自信和自强。感谢华人组织热心举办这样的学习活动,真的挺好。”

堪城华人协会(KCCA)将根据这次活动的经验和反馈,在今后的安排上采取更加有效的分组和专题形式,请大家关注堪城华人协会(KCCA)的下一期艺术推广系列活动通知。最后诚谢科林.麦肯齐(马林)博士的精彩讲解,以及所有参加今天活动的朋友们的大力支持!

The Kansas City Chinese Association (KCCA) is active in promoting cultural exchanges highlighting the diversity of the region. KCCA strives to be proactive in arranging special occasions to further educate the community on all things China. On Saturday, July 9, KCCA hosted an opportunity for its members and friends to learn about the holdings of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, located in Kansas City, Missouri. Over sixty enthusiastic spectators turned to attend the guided presentation of the precious artifacts at this venue.

The tour was led by Dr. Colin Mackenzie, senior curator of Chinese art at the museum. Dr. Mackenzie is a leading expert on Chinese art, and along with his talented wife is a strong supporter of KCCA activities. He provided extensive and engaging context for each of the exhibits featured on the tour. The group especially focused on the museum’s Chinese galleries. The Nelson-Atkins Museum is especially noted for its world-class collection of Chinese art, unparalleled in many ways in comparison to other museums on the East Coast or even in China proper.

The Chinese collection includes displays representing the best of the museum’s over 7000 artifacts spanning the entire 5000-year range of Chinese history. Among the highlights that can be viewed are a hu wine vessel of the Shang Dynasty (circa 1000 B.C.) and masterworks such as Xu Daoning’s Fisherman’s Evening Song and Li Cheng’s A Solitary Temple Amid Clearing Peaks. But the not-to-miss center of the entire Asian collection is the Chinese Temple Gallery, a solemn reconstructed Buddhist temple with gates and incredible wall frescoes obtained by the Museum in the 1930s, fortuitously soas the portions of it that remained in China were wiped out by decades of global and civil warfare. The jewel of the exhibit is the 12th-century polychrome wooden figure of Guanyin of the Southern Sea, heralded as the finest sculpture of its type extant any where outside China.

A docent joined the diehards among the KCCA group and offered an abbreviated tour of other notable collections throughout the museum. Certainly, it could take days to fully appreciate all of the artifacts exhibited in its lavish halls. KCCA members greatly appreciated the opportunity for cultural enrichment, and highly recommended the experience to anyone else interested in Chinese culture. For those wishing to see the collections on their own, the Museum is open every day Wednesdays-Sundays 10a.m.-5p.m., with extended hours on Thursday and Friday. There is no charge to enter the museum, thus making it one of the best values for any intended family outing.