Must-See Exhibitions: Met & Phoenix Ancient Art

New Yorkers will enjoy many feasts for the eyes and the hearts as the New Year unfolds. Here are a few of the must-see exhibitions.

1. Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Met currently has an exhibition entitled “Korea’s Golden Kingdom. Featured until February 23th, 2014, the exhibition features over 100 objects that were created between AD 400 and 800 which was Silla’s seminal period. As described on the Met page about the exhibit, “The exhibition is the first in the West to focus exclusively on the arts of Silla. Among the highlights are exquisite regalia discovered from the tombs of royalty and the elite; unique treasures made in places between China and the Mediterranean and preserved in Korea; and Buddhist icons and reliquaries reinterpreting pan-Asian styles with native aesthetics.”

2. Phoenix Ancient Art: Owned by Hicham Aboutaam and Ali Aboutaam, Phoenix Ancient Art is currently showcasing an exhibition entitled “Sacred Scents and Flames from the Ancient World.” It is showing at their New York gallery through February 12th, 2014. As Ali Aboutaam explained, “The exhibition gives a fascinating opportunity to see an important selection of ancient lamps and the incense burners and to explore how the ancient civilizations of Pre-Classical and Classical world designed their lighting devices. From the very beginning various religions worshipped the eternal, divine flame, and even the most powerful kings had to pay a tribute to a flame. Incense which is closely linked to fire and flame quickly became the important element in the liturgical ceremonies in various religions. An Islamic bronze censer shaped as a feline, which is dated to the 11th century A.D., is a masterpiece of the bronze cast technique; its surface is an openwork in the shape of floral motifs, which allowed the perfumed smoke to escape and spread.”

Enjoy the year ahead with these, and many other exhibitions.