We are excited to share some recent acquisitions on display at DOMA with our readers! New works are on display in the Asian Art Gallery on the main level and in the North Galleries upstairs thanks to patron, David T. Owsley, who lent Kannon, Rape of Europa, and Waterfall, Greenwich. The museum often receives gifts and loans from donors that allow the collection to grow and new art to go on display.
Kannon, a Japanese sculpture from the Muromachi period (1338–1573 CE) can be viewed in the Japanese wall case in the Owsley Asian Art Gallery. Kannon is a bodhisattva who personifies compassion and mercy. While the bodhisattva of compassion is known as Kannon in Japan, the deity goes by the name Guanyin in China. While in the gallery, don’t miss the sculpture of Guanyin nearby.
Upstairs, Jacques Lipchitz’s bronze statue, Rape of Europa II, was conceived between 1936–1941, and cast prior to 1955. Lipchitz related the myth of the Rape of Europa to Europe and Hitler. For Lipchitz, Europa symbolizes Europe and the bull symbolizes Hitler, who was killed by Europa with a dagger in the story.
Not far from Rape of Europa II in the Ball Brothers Foundation Gallery, is John Henry Twachtman’s Waterfall, Greenwich. In the late 1800s Twatchman moved from his birthplace, Cincinnati, to a large property in Greenwich, Connecticut. At his property he painted “Horseneck Brook” depicted in Waterfall, Greenwich as strong interwoven brushstrokes of cascading falls in the daylight.
We look forward to seeing you in the galleries enjoying the new works on display!