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For Immediate Release
February 11, 200

Asian Treasures from the MacArthur Collection

February 28, 2009 – May 31, 2009
Reception: Friday, March 6, 2009, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Courthouse Galleries, 420 High Street, Portsmouth, Virginia

Museum Hours: Wednesday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. &
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Museum Admission: Free admission for museum members
For nonmembers: $3 for adults, $1 for ages 2 – 17 years and free for under two.

New exhibit at the Courthouse Galleries offers Asian art and artifacts.

Portsmouth, VA – General Douglas and Mrs. Jean MacArthur’s dedication to their country during some of the world’s most trying times earned them the respect and admiration of people from around the world. They received a variety of gifts that reflected the deep appreciation felt by many. On February 28, 2009 the Courthouse Galleries will open a special exhibit featuring Asian art and artifacts drawn from the MacArthur Memorial’s permanent collection.

The exhibition brings together outstanding examples of indigenous art from East Asian and elegantly demonstrates how the MacArthurs played a role in the lives of well-known historical figures such as Emperor Hirohito and Empress Nagakoko, Syngman Rhee, first President of the Republic of Korea, former Philippine Ambassador Carlos Romulo, Madame Chiang Kai-shek and many more.

Highlights include an array of Philippine wood sculptures, cloisonné, paintings, antique ivory figures, lacquered chests and other objects d’art. In addition, a collection of Kutani, Imari, Celadon and Satsuma porcelain will be featured.

Original woodblock prints and etchings by well-known artists Hiroshige, W. Seiler, Paul Jacoulet and Kwase Hasui as well as an extensive collection of sterling silver salt and pepper shakers given to Mrs. MacArthur from admirers will be presented. Of special interest is a 19th century ceremonial set of Samurai armor and a collection of 17th and 18th century Menuki (Japanese sword hilt ornaments).

Another area of the exhibit will showcase a Japanese doll festival set given by Empress Nagako, a doll suit of samurai armor and a Japanese Hagoita (combination doll and battledore) which examines traditional Japanese culture.

From Manila to Peking: Asian Treasures from the MacArthur Collection provides a rare opportunity to view a collection of artwork and artworks that are a testament to the enduring legacy of General and Mrs. Douglas MacArthur.