The Khalili Collections are proud to announce the reuniting of a landmark Japanese garniture, last seen in complete formation over 120 years ago at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, which attracted 27 million visitors, which at the time was almost half the American population. 

 The eight feet tall vases (2.44m) dubbed at the time ‘the largest examples of cloisonné enamel ever made’, took five years to complete and were commissioned by Shin Shinwoda, the Special Councillor for Arts of the Imperial Commission to the Exposition, with the manufacturing trusted to Shirozayemon Suzuki of Yokohama and Seizayemon Tsunekawa of Nagoya. The greatest artisans of the period were employed in their creation – with an all-star team of the most celebrated artists including Araki Kampo (1831-1915) and Oda Kyōsai (1845- 1912) overseeing the designs. Upon completion, the Emperor of Japan had subsequently reviewed them ahead of the exposition. 

The acquisition of the first vase was in the early 1990s in Los Angeles. The Khalili Collections had over the course of the next three decades sought relentlessly to reunite the complete garniture. The centrepiece was eventually found and purchased in Japan in early 2000, with the previous owners being Hirose Atsushi at the Tokyo National Museum. The location of the last vase remained a mystery for years until it was discovered to be hiding in plain sight – in the celebrated Spenger’s Fish Grotto restaurant in Berkeley, California. This vase was purchased in Chicago by Frank Spenger and brought to the California Midwinter International Exposition of 1894, which explains how it eventually made itself to Berkeley, California. Finally, in February 2019, The Khalili Collections purchased the last missing vase from an auction house in Auckland, California. 

After over 120 years of seperation, the famous three-piece garniture has finally been reunited in The Khalili Collections’ Japanese Art of the Meiji Period (1868-1912), finding their rightful place in what is considered, alongside the Japanese Imperial Collection, to be the world’s most significant collection of its kind. 

This marks the latest achievement in a long history of separated artworks (originally belonging together as a unit or a pair) being reunited by The Khalili Collections 120 years later. 

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The Khalili Collections is proud to be the major contributor to a landmark exhibition on the Hajj at the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam. Longing for Mecca offers a unique insight into the Hajj, Islam’s most important pilgrimage and one of the world’s biggest religious, spiritual and cultural phenomena. The exhibition is on display until 12th January 2020.

The Khalili Collections – the major contributor to multiple landmark Hajj exhibitions worldwide, including at the British Museum and the Institut du Monde Arabe – has over the last five decades amassed approximately 4,000 rare artworks related to Mecca and Medinah, the two holiest places in Islam.

 

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The Khalili Collections is proud to be the major contributor to a landmark exhibition at the Guimet Museum in Paris to mark the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration. This exhibition addresses various aspects of the modernization of Japan and the internationalization of artistic production through different artistic techniques. It includes, among other things, examples of silverware, cloisonné, photographs, textiles, paintings, bronzes and ceramics to illustrate the changes in society as a whole and in art in particular, highlighting great artists such as  Kawanabe Kyosai and Shibata Zeshin.

At the opening of the exhibition on the 16th of October, Professor Khalili said that this is the latest manifestation of a growing appreciation of the Japanese aesthetic in the West. Ever since the Collection’s first milestone 1994 exhibition Japanese Imperial Craftsmen: Meiji art from the Khalili Collection at the British Museum, the idea of Japonisme – the late 19th century European fascination for Japanese art and culture – has seen something of a revival. Having amassed, conserved, researched, published and exhibited the largest Meiji art collection outside of Japan, we at the Khalili Collections are proud and honoured to have played an important role in this revival.

Period: October 17, 2018 – January 14, 2019

The Khalili Collections is proud to be the major contributor to a landmark exhibition at the Guimet Museum in Paris to mark the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration. This exhibition addresses various aspects of the modernization of Japan and the internationalization of artistic production through different artistic techniques. It includes, among other things, examples of silverware, cloisonné, photographs, textiles, paintings, bronzes and ceramics to illustrate the changes in society as a whole and in art in particular, highlighting great artists such as  Kawanabe Kyosai and Shibata Zeshin. 

At the opening of the exhibition on the 16th of October, Professor Khalili said that this is the latest manifestation of a growing appreciation of the Japanese aesthetic in the West. Ever since the Collection’s first milestone 1994 exhibition Japanese Imperial Craftsmen: Meiji art from the Khalili Collection at the British Museum, the idea of Japonisme – the late 19th century European fascination for Japanese art and culture – has seen something of a revival. Having amassed, conserved, researched, published and exhibited the largest Meiji art collection outside of Japan, we at the Khalili Collections are proud and honoured to have played an important role in this revival.

Period: October 17, 2018 – January 14, 2019

Venue: Musée national des arts asiatiques – Guimet

To mark the end of the Islamic month of Dhu’l Hijjah, we are delighted to share with you our new short film: “Hajj and the Arts of Pilgrimage“.

We hope you find it enriching.

With best wishes
Professor Nasser D. Khalili
Founder, The Khalili Collections

The Khalili Collections

Dearest Friends,
 
We are delighted to announce that on the 21st February at 8pm, Sky Arts (channel 122) will broadcast a documentary about Prof. Khalili’s journey as a collector. Titled The Art of Collecting, the film will highlight multiple objects from the Eight Khalili Collections as National Treasures.

We hope you enjoy watching it .


With Best wishes,
Professor Nasser D. Khalili
Founder, The Khalili Collections

National Trasures