The Met’s First Asian Art Gallery
The Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, James Rorimer, wanted to display the huge Chinese stone sculpture which was in storage. He approached Arthur Sackler for a donation in 1963, confessing he had spent eight years trying to find a donor to finance this expensive project, which required a special gallery with reinforced floor. Sackler agreed, and also reimbursed the Metropolitan Museum for the original four large stone objects they chose to display there, dedicating the wall fresco in honor of his parents. The Gallery, on the first floor, opened March 10, 1965.
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