Asia in Amsterdam at the PEM Explores Impact of Luxuries on Culture

Portrait of a Young Woman by Paulus Moreelse

Portrait of a Young Woman by Paulus Moreelse. © Art Institute of Chicago

SALEM – The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) celebrates the opening of its newest exhibition, Asia In Amsterdam: The Culture of Luxury in the Golden Age, with an opening day Deep Dive on Sat. February 27, 2016. Join us for a day of art making, film and conversations with curators, designers and artists to learn how Asian luxuries impacted 17th-century Dutch life and how this cultural and aesthetic legacy carries through to today. All Deep Dive activities are included with museum admission.


Co-organized with the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Asia in Amsterdam: The Culture of Luxury in the Golden Age offers new research and fresh perspectives on the Dutch Golden Age and will be on view at PEM, the exclusive U.S. venue, from February 27 through June 5, 2016.


When? Sat. February 27, 2016 from 10AM to 5PM


Where? The Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street, Salem


Cost? Admission for adults is $18, seniors is $15, and students is $10. Members, youth 16 and under and residents of Salem enjoy free general admission.


For more information, call (866) 745‐1876 or visit




Networkers, Thought Leaders and Fashionistas: Creating a Global Culture of Luxury

Karina Corrigan, PEM’s H.A. Crosby Forbes Curator of Asian Export Art, guides you through the cosmopolitan world of 17th-century Amsterdam and the global trade that changed Dutch art and design forever.


The presentation will be held from 10:30AM to 11:15 AM in the Morse Auditorium. Reservations must be made by February 26 at

Guided Sketching: Nature into Art

Join leading scientific artist and nature illustrator Sandy McDermott to sketch live insects following in the footsteps of 17th-century naturalist Maria Sibylla Merian. One of a few women artists working at the time, Merian traveled from Amsterdam to Surinam to document its variety of insects, contributing new knowledge to an emerging field of study. The book of her drawings published after her return has remained an influence on succeeding generations of botanical and insect illustrators. Bugworks, in Sudbury Mass., is providing live specimens for sketching.


This Drop-in Art Making activity will be held from 12PM/Noon to 3PM in the museum’s Atrium.

Unbroken: Ceramics and the Way We Live

As everyday as tonight’s dinner dishes, as precious as collectible art objects — thanks in part to the Dutch import trade — ceramics pervade our lives at scales both intimate and monumental. Join Tricia Foley, author and interior designer; Bouke de Vries, a contemporary Dutch artist whose pieces composed from recycled ceramics appear in Asia In Amsterdam; Femke Diercks, Curator of European Ceramics, Rijksmuseum; and Karina Corrigan, PEM’s H.A. Crosby Forbes Curator of Asian Export Art, for a lively discussion exploring the ways we live with and lust after the enduring beauty of ceramics.


The panel will be held from 1PM to 2PM in the Morse Auditorium. Reservations should be made by February 26 at

Empire: The Unintended Consequences of Dutch Colonialism

Join innovative multimedia filmmakers Eline Jongsma and Kel O’Neill as they explore “the human-scaled impact of the first global capitalist endeavor,” tracing the Dutch East India Company’s legacy on global culture and politics to the present day. Jongsma and O’Neill share clips and discuss creating their immersive and award-winning documentary Empire: The Unintended Consequences of Dutch Colonialism.


The film and discussion will be held from 3PM to 4:15PM in the Morse Auditorium. Reservations must be made by February 26 at



PEM LogoOver the last 20 years, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) has distinguished itself as one of the fastest-growing art museums in North America. Founded in 1799, it is also the country’s oldest continuously operating museum. At its heart is a mission to enrich and transform people’s lives by broadening their perspectives, attitudes and knowledge of themselves and the wider world. PEM celebrates outstanding artistic and cultural creativity through exhibitions, programming and special events that emphasize cross-cultural connections, integrate past and present and underscore the vital importance of creative expression. The museum’s collection is among the finest of its kind boasting superlative works from around the globe and across time — including American art and architecture, Asian export art, photography, maritime art and history, Native American, Oceanic and African art. PEM’s campus affords a varied and unique visitor experience with hands-on creativity zones, interactive opportunities and performance spaces. Twenty-four noted historic structures grace PEM’s campus, including Yin Yu Tang, a 200-year-old Chinese house that is the only such example of Chinese domestic architecture on display in the United States, and the Phillips Library, which holds one of the nation’s most important museum-based collections of rare books and manuscripts.



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