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The short skywalk connecting two wings of the museum is in the background.
The Crow Collection of Asian Art
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2010 Flora Street Dallas, Texas 75201
Open Tue.–Thu. 10:00am–9:00pm, Fri.–Sat. 10:00am–6:00pm & Sun. Noon–6:00pm.
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Established in 1998, the Crow Collection of Asian Art is an art museum containing a diverse range of Asian art such as statutes, figurines, carvings and ceramics. The art dates from 3,500 BC to the early 1900s, and originates from Japan, China, Tibet and Southeast Asia. The late Trammel Crow created the museum to display some of the finest pieces in his collection.
Fred Trammell Crow was a very successful real estate developer who built a number of marquee office developments in major US cities. Crow and his wife Margaret began collecting Asian art in the 1960s, and added to the collection with purchases made during frequent trips to Asia. The idea for the museum stemmed from a desire to help preserve their collection and properly display it. The museum is small and typically exhibits around 50 works of art, only a small fraction of the permanent collection. Other collection art is kept in office towers and family residences.
The museum’s small footprint is made smaller still by space taken by rotating temporary exhibits. Examples of recent ones include photographs from 19th century China as well as Japanese lacquer art designs. The permanent collection included Buddha statutes and some exquisite bronze statutes of Hindu and Tibetan figures and deities. Jade carvings from Imperial China are an impressive part of the collection but were not on display at the time. Tibetan monks though were on hand to create a Sand Mandala. Both the consecration ceremony and the actual sand design were memorable. This Tibetan ceremony takes place about once per year and is well worth the time if you can make it. A free one hour tour provided by a volunteer on a Saturday was moderately interesting as an introduction but was fairly anecdotal. The museum merits a brief visit if you are into Asian art or interested in a temporary exhibit, but based on the limited amount of art, it would not be a first choice for museums in Dallas. Free meditation and yoga classed are offered.
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