First Art Museum Showcases Extraordinary and Rarely Seen Textiles from Famous Asian Art Collection

Splendor of Weaving: Treasures of Asian Textiles from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
From October 7 to December 31, 2022

NASHVILLE, Tenn., September 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Frist Art Museum Presents Splendor of Weaving: Treasures of Asian Textiles from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Artan exhibition of Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Persian and Turkish textiles from one of the most important collections of Asian art in United States. Organized by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas Citythe exhibition will be presented at Frist’s Ingram Gallery of From October 7 to December 312022.

Crafted with precious materials, innovative techniques and stunning artistry, Asian textiles have been an integral part of global commerce for centuries. Whether woven from cotton, linen, silk or wool, each textile of Splendor of weaving tells a complex and fascinating story that takes guests on a journey along trade routes across continents and through time, from the 15th century to the present day.

“This exhibition provides a rare opportunity for our audience, as these extraordinary treasures are not often displayed due to their fragile and light-sensitive nature,” said the senior curator of the Frist Art Museum. Trinity Kennedy. “Our guests will not only gain a deeper understanding of the various historic textiles on display, but they will also learn how Asian traditions are practiced and kept alive today, including by artists from our own community through gallery demonstrations. “

With over 65 objects organized thematically into five sections, Splendor of weaving explores the various purposes for which Asian textiles were created, including for use as clothing, furniture, gifts, and trade goods. Formal court dresses made in Imperial China and Japan signified rank and status within the governmental hierarchy, while striking costumes drawn from Japanese theatrical traditions and Chinese operas brought characters from illusory worlds to life on stage. Textured velvets and refined furnishings cover defined and transformed interior spaces. In a recreation of a 16th-century Persian royal tent, visitors to the exhibition can be enveloped in beautiful silk velvets adorned with flowers and royal hunting scenes.

A section devoted to the major role played by Asian textiles in diplomatic exchanges and world trade features Indian pashmina shawls and chintzes and Persian carpets, including one commissioned as a gift by a shah to a pope around 1600. in the Islamic world were highly prized. in Renaissance Europe. This spectacular example remains in excellent condition, suggesting that it could have been displayed on a wall or table rather than trampled on,” says Kennedy.

The exhibition concludes with modern and contemporary textiles from China, Japan, India, Pakistanand Turkey. In some regions, traditions were revived by non-governmental agencies and dedicated patrons and artists, while art forms such as carpet weaving continued in other regions uninterrupted. In the 21st century, Asia has regained its position both as a leading textile producer and as a place where local traditions of making home and luxury textiles continue to thrive.

In addition to experiential learning activities in the Martin ArtQuest® Gallery, Splendor of weaving is complemented by an educational gallery with illustrated reference books, a place for guests to reflect and react, and a space where contemporary fiber artists will talk and show their processes. A live demo schedule will be updated on and will also be available on a touch screen in the gallery.

Exhibit Credit

Organized by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri

Thank you supporters

Platinum Sponsor: HCA Healthcare/TriStar Health

Hosting Sponsor: Union Station Hotel

Sponsor of the Spanish translation: Center for Latin America, Caribbeanand Latinx Studies at Vanderbilt University

Funded in part by Hays Foundation

Supported in part by Judy and Joe Barker

The Frist Art Museum is supported in part by the Frist Foundation, Metro Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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About the first art museum

Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Frist Art Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit art exhibit center dedicated to presenting and creating high-quality exhibits with programs related educational and community outreach activities. Located at 919 Broadway in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, the Frist Art Museum offers the finest visual arts from local, regional, national, and international sources in exhibits that inspire people through art to look at their world in a new way. Accessibility information is available at Admission to the gallery is free for visitors 18 and under and for members, and $15 for adults. For current hours and additional information, visit or call 615.244.3340.

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