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Crystals in Art: Ancient to Today

Oct 12, 2019 — Jan 6, 2020 | Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR, USA

Today, high-quality quartz crystals are mined from the mountains and caverns of Arkansas.

Yet this iridescent, enigmatic material has captivated artists, religious leaders, monarchs, and healers across the world for thousands of years.Organized by Crystal Bridges curator of contemporary art Lauren Hayneswith guest curator Joachim Pissarro,‘Crystals in Art: Ancient to Today’is the first exhibition of its kind to explore the complex and varied connections between crystal and art throughout the world, spanning history and geography.

View ancient artifacts such as engraved gems, figurines, and more alongside works from contemporary artists around the world that explore the power of crystal in art by drawing on its form,properties, and mysterious qualities.Featuring more than 75 works from Ancient Egypt, Rome, China, andbeyond, discover how the power of crystal transcends the boundaries of time and space.