Two Museums Receive Bequests of Japanese Art

Two Museums Receive Bequests of Japanese Art

The Asian Art Museum in San Francisco and the Cleveland Museum of Art have announced a gift of art from the estate of George Gund III.

The Cleveland Museum of Art will receive earlier works from Gund's collection, including sixty-four Japanese ink paintings, many from the Muromachi period (1336-1573), and six Korean paintings, in addition to calligraphy and stoneware jars. AAM will receive a hundred and forty examples of Japanese ink painting and calligraphy, including masterpieces by the most notable calligraphers and painters of the Edo period (1603-1868), of which a substantial number were Zen monks.

Gund, who died in 2013 at the age of 75, owned the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team and several hockey teams, produced films as president of Caipirinha Productions, and founded, with his wife, the Iara Lee and George Gund III Foundation.

"Mr. Gund's bequest marks a new chapter in the Gund family's long history of generosity to the museum and of engagement with the Cleveland community," said Cleveland Museum of Art director William Griswold. "An exhibition presenting new research on highlights from the collection will take place in our galleries next year."

"Mr. Gund had an excellent eye for works of great quality and, in some cases, good humor," said Asian Art Museum director Jay Xu. "We're thrilled at this generous gift, which enables his collection to serve as a valuable public resource for generations to come."

"George Gund III Bequeaths Significant Collection of Japanese Art to Cleveland Museum of Art and Asian Art Museum." Asian Art Museum and Cleveland Museum of Art Press Release 03/16/2016.