THE ALBERT BENDER COLLECTION OF ASIAN ART IN THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF IRELAND – BOOK LAUNCHED, NATIONAL MUSEUM
Dr. Patrick Wallace, Director of the National Museum of Ireland, recently launched a new book titled ‘The Albert Bender Collection of Asian Art in the National Museum of Ireland’. The purpose of this publication, written by Dr. Audrey Whitty, Curator – Ceramics, Glass and Asian Collections, is to bring the collection, which has been on exhibition at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin, since 2008, to the widest possible audience.
Between 1931 and 1936 Albert Bender donated approximately 260 artefacts of East Asian origin to the National Museum of Ireland. The works, mostly of Chinese, Japanese and Tibetan Buddhist art, are one of the most significant gifts ever received by an Irish cultural institution and are of the highest importance within the National Museum’s overall holdings of Asian material.
The publication is exclusively sold in the National Museum of Ireland gift shop in addition to their online shop for €35.00