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The Luxurious Garden and the Gratification of Retreat

The Upper Pond in the Strolling Pond Garden accentuates spring's bright colors. / Photo by Michael Drewry

This is a webinar hosted by Asia Week New York.

For centuries, people have looked to nature and gardens to provide emotional support, a place to gather to mark important events in their lives, or as an escape from the finite walls of their homes. In The Luxurious Garden and the Gratification of Retreat, a distinguished panel of experts will discuss the origins of these luxurious spaces–designed in the Japanese and Chinese tradition–and their impact on visitors throughout the ages.

“Who at one time or another hasn’t sought out a garden to provide something that enhances their lives?” asks Andrew Lueck, Specialist, Vice President, Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art at Christie’s, who will moderate the discussion. “Whether it’s a tranquil setting at a museum, such as The Astor Court at The Met; the rolling hills of the Huntington Gardens; the waterfall at the Portland Japanese Garden; a private residential refuge; or in their absence, an evocative Japanese woodblock print of a Zen garden, outdoor settings have been providing us with areas of welcome refuge and retreat for centuries.”



Phillip E. Bloom, the June and Simon K.C. Li Curator of the Chinese Garden and Director of the Center for East Asian Garden Studies at The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California

Maxwell K. (Mike) Hearn, Douglas Dillon Chairman, Department of Asian Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Marc Peter Keane, landscape architect, artist and writer based in Kyoto, Japan

Katherine Martin, Managing Director of Scholten Japanese Art

Sadafumi (Sada) Uchiyama, Chief Curator at the Portland Japanese Garden


Andrew M. Lueck, Specialist, Vice President, Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art at Christie’s