The Albert Bender Collection of Asian Art in the National Museum of Ireland

SKU: 9781905569571

By Audrey Whitty

From 1931 to 1936, Albert Bender of California donated approximately 260 artifacts of East Asian origin to the National Museum of Ireland to be displayed in honor of his mother. The works, mostly of Chinese, Japanese, and Tibetan Buddhist art, are one of the most significant gifts ever received by an Irish cultural institution and are of the highest importance within the museum's overall holdings of Asian material. The Bender collection is particularly renowned for its Tibetan Buddhist Thangkas (painted textiles depicting Buddhist scenes) and Japanese ukiyo-e (wood-block prints). This book documents the process of donation and catalogs and discusses the objects Bender gave; it explores the cultural and collecting backdrop in Ireland and California against which Bender's activities may be seen; and assesses the cultural significance of his generosity in the context of Ireland in the post-independence period. The author is the curator of European glass at The Corning Museum of Glass.

  • 208 pages; hardcover
  • Published in 2011 by Wordwell Books