Works of art are frozen in time, but Art Museums are living entities that can change and grow… The follwing video is slighty dated (2016) but gives you a great insight in what Seattle Asian Art Museum at Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill offers.
But talking of museums as living entities that may change and grow, this is also the case with the Seattle Art Museum (commonly referred to as ‘SAM’). SAM closed its downtown location earlier to allow for an extensive remodeling process that almost doubled the museum’ exhibition space.
In 1994, the Volunteer Park facility reopened as the Seattle Asian Art Museum. In 2007 the Olympic Sculpture Park opened to the public, culminating an 8-year process. Since 1994, the Seattle Asian Art Museum (SAAM) has been located in the original Deco/Moderne SAM facility (dating back to 1933) in Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill, Seattle.
So the museum shifted its operations base to a landmark Seattle building. The Seattle Asian Art Museum was now located in Volunteer Park on Seattle’s Capitol Hill. In 2007, the Olympic Sculpture Park was open to the public, which culminated an 8-year long process. What is shown here is so different from the classical oil paintings as are highlighted in American Art Academy’s Irving Shapiro Library.
The Art Deco masterpiece, designed by Carl Gould, a famous Seattle architect, was actually the first Seattle Art Museum. Carl Gould has designed quite a few significant buildings in Washington State such as the famous quadrangle of buildings of the University of Washington (known as “The Quad”), a structure in the Collegiate Gothic style, and another famed building from his hands is the Everett Public Library.
Seattle’s Volunteer Park museum (SAAM) opened its doors in 1933 as an Asian Art repository that reflected the interest of the founder of the museum, Richard Fuller. This remains to be the showcase of the Seattle Art Museum because of the world-class Asian Art collection, but of course, there are many more SAM activities. Check out also: The Era of Famous Oil Paintings.
Today, SAAM is one of the museum’s main locations, after it received a new roof with contemporary skylights to enhance the museum’s visual appeal. The museum’s galleries come with wonderful warmth and intimacy, and this shows in the many exhibits. The Volunteer Park museum is showcasing Chinese painting dating back to the 14th century to early 20th century works as well as Chinese calligraphy that includes both contemporary and ancient work.
Important is to notice that the origins of oil painting are found in Asia. The museum additionally exhibits a large collection of Asian Buddhist artwork, including paintings, sculptures, textiles, and ritual implements from China, India, Thailand, Korea, Tibet, and Japan. The age-span of these works is more than 2o centuries.
More recent Art Shows also included paintings by Pacific Northwest masters like Morris Grave and Mark Tobey, as well as a great exhibit of contemporary glass art. This kind of shows do not appeal to the public like the museum’s downtown blockbuster shows such as the “Spain in the Age in the Age of Exploration” event (2004), or the “Louis Comfort Tiffany”, but the Volunteer Park museum exhibits offer the world’s best Asian Art. What’s more, visiting the SAAM building is a pleasure in itself, as it is an architectural masterpiece that stands like a beautiful jewel in Seattle’s Volunteer Park. To learn all about Chicago’s Great Museums and Art Culture, take a closer look at this post.
The impressive and elegant building was designed in the style of “art moderne”, and visitors enter the museum space while walking through a sort of foyer of curved walls that are trimmed in gilt. There are beautiful display galleries on the visitors’ left and right-hand sides and a wonderfully spacious garden court is also open to the public when they go up the magnificent stairs. The museum’s interior was totally overhauled during the 1990s, and the building’s mechanical systems were upgraded as well so SAAM is well-preserved for many future generations to be discovered.