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Seattle Art Museum
1300 1st Avenue, Downtown Seattle, Seattle

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Permanent Exhibitions:

HONORING 50 YEARS OF PAPUNYA TULA PAINTING

50,000 years of Indigenous knowledge were largely ignored until 1971, so elders in the central deserts of Australia began to paint. Their results are both contemporary and ancient, encouraging outsiders to see their country as full of eternal vitality. SAM’s selection will cover the last 50 years of this flourishing movement by the oldest living culture on earth.

DEITIES & DEMONS: SUPERNATURAL IN JAPANESE ART

Why are deer, foxes, and mythical creatures in Japanese art considered sacred? What is the long-tailed turtle or the six-armed ferocious demon? This installation of paintings, sculptures, prints, and textiles from the museum’s collection presents the rich visual culture of the supernatural in Japan.

BODY LANGUAGE

Inspired by a single historical event, in this gallery we consider the notion that actions speak louder than words. In 1970, Chancellor Willy Brandt became the first German ruler to visit the country of Poland since Nazi Germany invaded in 1939...

LESSONS FROM THE INSTITUTE OF EMPATHY

Three Empathics have moved into Seattle Art Museum and are a central feature to the latest installation imagined in our African art galleries...

BENIN ART: COLLECTING CONCERNS

The four sculptures from the Kingdom of Benin displayed in this small installation were originally collected in an act of extreme colonial violence... Today, concern about this collecting history is leading to international negotiations with the Kingdom about the fate of these artworks. The museum has registered them with the Digital Benin Project, an archive of Benin holdings. Oba Ewuare 11 has stated that museums should continue to display this art as “cultural ambassadors” for the kingdom until a new home is built for the artworks that may be returned.

COSMIC BEINGS IN MESOAMERICAN AND ANDEAN ART

Over vast geographical expanses and several millennia, a mosaic of cultures developed in ancient Mesoamerica and the Andean regions of South America... The art in this gallery depicts ancestors, humans, gods, supernatural animals, and monsters in ceramic, stone, shell, and animal.

JOHN GRADE: MIDDLE FORK

John Grade’s large-scale sculpture, Middle Fork, echoes the contours of a 140-year-old western hemlock tree located in the Cascade Mountains east of Seattle.

ART AND LIFE ALONG THE NORTHWEST COAST

Over their long habitation of the Pacific Northwest, First Peoples have shaped their lifeways around the resources of the water, forests, valleys, and mountains. In tandem, they have developed rich oral traditions and ceremonies that link inextricably to this region.

EMBLEMS OF ENCOUNTER: EUROPE AND AFRICA OVER 500 YEARS

European traders quickly moved to exploit the region’s natural resources—including human labor—which became the basis for the massive slave trade that eventually affected twenty million Africans.

The ten works of European and African art in this gallery, dating from the end of the 15th century to the end of the 20th, have been selected from SAM’s collection as examples of these interactions over time.

PORCELAIN ROOM

Vast quantities of translucent, elegantly decorated white-bodied porcelain from China and Japan, arriving in Europe in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, heightened Europeans’ fervor for these wondrous wares...

FRANCE: INSIDE AND OUT

This installation of landscapes, domestic interiors, and decorative arts from the museum’s collection showcases stylistic developments in 19th-century French painting and design. It also invites us to think about the different worlds of men and women at that time.

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