Arts and Culture
Although there is a long history of relations and exchanges between Spain, Portugal and Latin America with Asia, if we look at the collections of Asian objects and art in Ibero-America, we will find that the majority of them are relatively recent. Actually, a great number of those collections are from the twentieth-century or even newer. Nowadays many of those pieces are kept in public museums, though their origins are mostly related with private collectors, who later donated them to public cultural heritage.
It is important to notice that most of those museums were not specialized museums in Asian art, and, furthermore, did not have purchase policies regarding Asian artifacts, neither specialized personnel who could deal with those objects. This means that in many of the cases, Asian art objects were simply stored for years, without being identified, catalogued or documented. Consequently, these tasks had been a very recent endeavor, as well as the curatorial work dependent from them.
This panel aims to gather researchers and/or curators with concrete experiences with some of those collections and exhibitions projects of Asian art in Ibero-America, in order to have a more complete background of the situation in the region, and to stimulate a further debate in the study of collecting as well as the curatorial practices of Asian art and objects in Ibero-America.