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The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
4525 Oak Street
Kansas City Missouri

816-751-1278

Hours
Mon: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tues, Wed: Closed
Thur: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Fri: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sat, Sun: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Admission Information
Free general admission. Reserved tickets required for non-members to visit anywhere in the museum, including Rozzelle Court Restaurant. Visit nelson-atkins.org for the latest information on advanced reservations and admission.

Current Exhibition

Lively Creatures: Animals in Chinese Art

December 16, 2021-September 4, 2022

For millennia, Chinese artists have created images of animals that convey a rich array of culturally significant meanings. Literary sources, spiritual traditions, or the nature of animals inspired artists to create animal motifs in many art forms. These creatures may represent celebration, personal messages, or political and religious agendas. Though the cultural meaning carried by images of animals has evolved over time, their significance to Chinese artistic traditions has remained constant. From the museum’s renowned collection of Chinese art, many of the paintings and textiles in this exhibition greet visitors for the first time in decades. Together they celebrate the beauty of the natural world and tell stories that connect human and animal behavior.

Silver Splendor: Conserving the Royal Thrones of Dungarpur, India

May 21, 2022-May 28, 2023
Thrones communicate the authority and grandeur of their owners. Created in the early 1900s while India was under British colonial rule, these silver thrones and their regalia reveal complex histories of cultural exchange and the representation of political power. In 1911 the Maharawal (ruler) of Dungarpur, a small kingdom in the western state of Rajasthan, commissioned these European-style objects for use in a new royal palace. 1911 was also the year of the British King George V’s coronation as Emperor of India, an event celebrated by a grand Durbar (court assembly) and King-Emperor’s tour of India. Given the date, the thrones were likely created to receive dignitaries in Dungarpur during this year of tours and celebrations. A former Dungarpur king brought the thrones to Europe in 1969 and the Nelson-Atkins acquired them in 2013. Since then, the museum, with local and international partners, restored these objects, using a combination of advanced technologies and traditional Indian art forms to give a sense of their original appearance.