7 Ways to Begin a Journey Toward Clarity

At the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment asks a thought-provoking question: are we really awake and fully aware, or do the clamor and fragmentation of our lives lull us into a kind of waking sleep? The exhibition invites you to pause from the busyness of daily life and…

Art’s Power to Connect

Artists are storytellers. In their work, they often tell us stories about their own lives or the lives of the people or communities they depict. Their creations can capture a moment in time or make a human connection in ways that history books alone cannot, allowing us to better understand the heart and soul of…

Dr. Colleen Yarger Standing in front of a Painting of Napoleon

Insights into Napoleon: Power and Splendor with Dr. Colleen Yarger

In Napoleon: Power and Splendor at VMFA, more than 200 exquisite works of art include major masterpieces of paintings, decorative arts, sculptures, and engravings, many of which are on view in the United States for the first time. The innovative exhibition offers an up-close encounter with the propaganda machine that modernized and legitimized the reign…

A view of the Portugal Gallery

VMFA Celebrates the Month of Portugal

This June, VMFA joins a long list of cultural venues across the United States in celebrating the Month of Portugal with its special exhibition, Contemporary Art from Portugal. Organized in collaboration with the Lisbon-based Fundação Luso-Americana (Luso-American Development Foundation), the exhibition features works by six contemporary Portuguese artists. The exhibition is on display in the…

Building understanding through cultural exchanges

By Alex Nyerges, VMFA Director For the past week, I’ve been traveling through China with a group of journalists, spending time in both Xi’an and Beijing—but, more importantly, traveling back in time. This trip builds on our long-term cultural partnerships with agencies in China, and I was delighted to show how VMFA has developed relationships…

Making connections that define Terracotta Army exhibition

By Alex Nyerges, VMFA Director With a packed itinerary ahead of us, we started yesterday at the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, built during Tang Dynasty in 652, which is an important symbol of modern Xi’an culture—and a perfect place to reflect on today’s step back in time to the Qin nation. Curating a major art…

Journey back in time starts halfway around the globe

By Jan Hatchette, VMFA Deputy Director for Communications No one can ever prepare you for the hustle and bustle of China—even when there was a lot of preparation to get us here. We landed today in Beijing, then rushed to make our connection to Xi’an, an exciting city balancing its legacy as one of the…