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Olympic Spirit in the Galleries and Online
Paying Tribute to Beijing’s Olympiad Theme
Exhibitions Closing Soon
Sunday at the Met
A Quick, Cool Culture Fix
The Medieval Garden Enclosed
Concerts & Lectures Tickets on Sale Now

Dear Met News Subscriber,

The Olympics showcase the greatest athletes and most fascinating
cultures in the world. As the 2008 Games get underway in Beijing this
month, be sure to show your Olympic spirit right at home with a visit
to the Met, which boasts the largest collection of Asian Art
in the West. Read on to discover China’s extraordinarily rich artistic
traditions through a wide range of resources in the Museum’s galleries
and online. And be sure to tune in for a special one-hour television
program produced by GreatMuseums®TV—entitled China: West Meets East at The Metropolitan Museum of Art—that pays tribute to Beijing’s Olympiad theme, "One World, One Dream."

Top Banner Image: Asian Art galleries, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Photograph by Evan Lee.

Olympic Spirit in the Galleries and Online

Chinese Art at the Met
Let remarkable works of art guide your journey through vast territories and powerful dynasties in the Met’s galleries for Chinese art.
On display are archaic bronzes and jades, ceramics, and metalwork from
the Neolithic period (ca. 4500–2000 B.C.) to the Tang dynasty
(618–907). Later Chinese paintings and calligraphies are also presented.

Catch a peaceful moment’s contemplation in the sunlit Astor Court,
which was modeled on a Ming dynasty (1368–1644) scholar’s courtyard. In
the middle of the space, live goldfish swirl in the tranquil pool of a
rock garden. An adjoining room displays the Museum’s collection of
Chinese hardwood furniture.

Visit the Timeline of Art History to learn about Chinese art from 8000 B.C. to the present and to read thematic essays on a wide range of related topics.

Family Program
Please join us on August 8—the day of the opening ceremonies in Beijing—for a special Family Program that will present a short film between noon and 1:00 p.m.

The Ancient Games.
Former Olympic decathlon gold medalists Bill Toomey and Rafer Johnson
compete in five events of the Greek pentathlon—the sprint, discus
throw, long jump, javelin throw, and wrestling match—as they were
conducted 2,500 years ago. (28 min.)

High-Tech Sportswear
On display in the hit exhibition Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy is Speedo’s "Fastskin LZR Racer,"
designed by Rei Kawakubo for Michael Phelps and the 2008 United States
Olympic swim team! The look is inspired by The Flash—a comic-book
character who possesses superhuman speed. See the online preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.

History of the Games
The world’s first formal athletic competitions took place in 776 B.C. at Olympia, Greece. Learn more in the Timeline of Art History.

Mark Your Calendar
An upcoming exhibition, Landscapes Clear and Radiant: The Art of Wang Hui (1632–1717),
will feature the work of Wang Hui, the most celebrated painter of late
17th-century China. Included are works from the Beijing Palace Museum,
among other prominent Chinese institutions. The show will be on view
from September 9, 2008, through January 4, 2009. See the online preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.

Purchase tickets
online to a Private Gallery Tour of the exhibition given by Asian Art
Curator Maxwell K. Hearn on Thursday, November 20, at 11:00 a.m.
Luncheon with wine will be served following the tour. Tickets: $300.

Image: Astor Court, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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Paying Tribute to Beijing’s Olympiad Theme

A special one-hour television program produced by GreatMuseums®TV—entitled China: West Meets East at The Metropolitan Museum of Art—pays tribute to Beijing’s Olympiad theme,
"One World, One Dream." The show, which was originally broadcast in
late July, features curatorial insights on works in the Museum’s
collection of Chinese art and a behind-the-scenes look at the Met’s conservation studio,
where fragile Chinese paintings and calligraphies on silk, satin, and
paper are restored. Of special note, Philippe de Montebello, director
of the Metropolitan, provides the commentary, observing, "There is no
better method to penetrate into the Chinese frame of mind than through
its art."

Check your local PBS listings for upcoming broadcast times in your area.

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Exhibitions Closing Soon

the last days of summer fade, don’t let the opportunity slip by to see
some of the season’s most noteworthy exhibitions, including Anatomy of a Masterpiece: How to Read Chinese Paintings (through August 10), Medieval and Renaissance Treasures from the Victoria and Albert Museum (through August 17), Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy (through September 1), and Framing a Century: Master Photographers, 1840–1940 (through September 1).

See Current Exhibitions for more information, including sponsorship credits.

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Sunday at the Met

The Sunday at the Met series offers weekend visitors the opportunity to
attend lectures that present unique perspectives and insights from
Museum curators, conservators, and other scholars. These lectures are
always free with Museum admission.

Sunday at the Met—J. M. W. Turner
September 7, 2008

Join us for a film and series of talks about the Museum’s exhibition J. M. W. Turner.
The talks highlight the work of J. M. W. Turner (1775–1851) and examine
aspects of the artist’s seascapes, topographical views, historical
subjects, and scenes from his imagination.

Learn more about the special one-day program.

Learn about the J.M.W. Turner exhibition.

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A Quick, Cool Culture Fix

Even as August heats up, a cool, refreshing gallery space at the Met is
just a subway or bus ride away. And what better way to get a quick
culture fix than a short film about J. M. W. Turner, Renaissance
treasures, Jeff Koons, Bauhaus, or Mies van der Rohe? Free with Museum
admission, a variety of films is offered on Tuesday and Thursday
afternoons. See the online calendar for details.

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The Medieval Garden Enclosed

The Medieval Garden Enclosed is an exciting new blog where online visitors can learn about plants growing at The Cloisters Museum and Gardens,
the branch of the Met located in northern Manhattan that is dedicated
to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. Participate in lively
discussions about medieval herbs and flowers!

Blog Highlight: Another Thistle

The edible roots of two species of eryngium were used more or less
interchangeably in the Middle Ages; they were candied and enjoyed as an
aphrodisiac. Ours is growing in a bed of Medicinal Plants, as eryngoes
were also used to treat a variety of ailments.

Read More

Image: Field Eryngo, (Eryngium campestre), Bonnefont Garden, The Cloisters Museum and Gardens, New York. Photograph by Barbara Bell

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Concerts & Lectures Tickets on Sale Now

Tickets are now on sale for a dazzling new season of Concerts & Lectures at the Met. Order online, by phone, or stop by the Great Hall Box Office next time you visit the Met. Become a Member today and receive the additional benefit of purchasing tickets in advance.

A special highlight this fall is Philippe de Montebello: A Triptych,
three programs in which the director appears onstage in The Grace
Rainey Rogers Auditorium. Reflecting his passion for the visual arts,
music, and the spoken word, our season-opening concert features the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (Friday, September 26, at 8:00 p.m., tickets: $60) with Mr. de Montebello narrating Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals. The triptych continues with Philippe de Montebello and Robert Hughes: A Conversation (Tuesday, October 28, at 8:00 p.m., tickets: $50) and concludes with The Language of Love in the Italian Renaissance (Tuesday, December 9, at 8:00 p.m., tickets: $50), for which Isabella Rossellini joins Mr. de Montebello. See Concerts & Lectures for details on these programs, as well as a complete calendar of upcoming events.

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In honor of Philippe de Montebello—soon to retire after 31 years as the
Metropolitan Museum’s eighth and longest-serving director—a special exhibition
opening on October 24 will bring together more than 250 masterpieces, a
modest selection of the more than 84,000 works acquired by the Met
during his tenure.

We want to hear from you!
This is an opportunity for you to share your thoughts and experiences
about how these exquisite works of art, the light-filled galleries
designed to house them, and changes at the Museum, such as the opening
of The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden and evening hours on
Fridays and Saturdays, have enhanced your visits to the Met over the
past three decades.

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New Met Podcast Episodes

Curator Helen Evans previews the exhibition, "The Philippe de Montebello Years: Curators Celebrate Three Decades of Acquisitions," which opens October 24, 2008.

Episode for Families: Enjoy the fundamental wisdom of Aesop’s Fables in this episode, produced especially for younger audiences.

Subscribe to receive new episodes automatically or access an archive of past episodes. For more information, visit Met Podcast.

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