Chinese New Year celebration at the Nelson

Photo courtesy Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art by Mark McDonald

Photo courtesy Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art by Mark McDonald

The popular Chinese New Year celebration, an annual tradition for many families, is coming up Jan. 31 at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

2014 is the Year of the Horse, and the museum is offering several special activities for visitors.

The museum is offering a exhibition Living With Spirits: Decorating Homes in Traditional China, which explores the Chinese tradition of posting handmade prints throughout homes to protect and promote good fortune. Visitors will receive their own free, limited edition print as a keepsake while supplies last.

In the adjacent Japanese galleries woodblock prints, Japanese textiles and stencils will be on view. Splendors of Japanese Art  will be on display for the next 18 months.

Beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31st, the Nelson-Atkins says visitors will have the opportunity to pose with the Emperor and Empress, learn calligraphy and tai chi, and watch a traditional Chinese dance group. Asian-inspired cuisine will be served in Rozzelle Court Restaurant, and Chinese selections will be available in the Bloch Lobby and Museum Café.


  • Chinese New Year at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Jan. 31, 5 p.m.
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