Bruce Museum to showcase private Greenwich collections

A 5_Lokapala 1 called Lokapala from the Tang Dynasty, a promised gift of Fred and Jane Brooks, will be on display.–Paul Mutino

A 5_Lokapala 1 called Lokapala from the Tang Dynasty, a promised gift of Fred and Jane Brooks, will be on display.–Paul Mutino

The Bruce Museum will showcase three private Greenwich collections of rare Wyeths, Italian Renaissance drawings and Chinese antiques beginning July 6 and continuing through the summer.

According to the museum, this show serves to illustrate the diversity and beauty of three private local collections. Although only a selection of a portion of their holdings, the works that will be on view speak to the remarkable level of quality achieved and the connoisseurship their owners brought to bear on the assembly of their collections.

One of the collections that will be on view has a focus on American art with special strengths in Andrew Wyeth’s art — a perennial favorite with modern museum-goers. A second collection, owned by Helen-Mae and Seymour Askin, is comprised of splendid and exceedingly rare Italian Renaissance and Baroque drawings. The third collection, most of which has been donated or promised to the Bruce Museum by Fred and Jane Brooks, offers an excellent array of ancient Chinese ceramics, primarily from the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD).

“It seems especially fitting to have these Chinese antiquities on view when we are featuring the exhibition of Chinese and American contemporary artists’ works, Tales of Two Cities: New York & Beijing,” Bruce Museum Executive Peter Sutton said. “As heterodox as the three collections are, they reflect the passion and discernment of their owners. We are grateful to them for permitting the public to share in the enjoyment of their art for a brief period this summer.”

This exhibition, on view at the Bruce Museum this summer beginning July 6 and continuing through Aug. 31, is generously underwritten by the Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund.

For additional information, call the Bruce Museum at 203-869-0376 or visit Brucemuseum.org.

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