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From Here to Eternity: The Symbolism of Evergreen’s Eight Immortals’ Scrolls

Location: Evergreen Museum and Library
Dates: October 24, 2014–May 31, 2015



In the early 1920s, Russian stage designer and artist Léon Bakst acquired an imposing series of late 18th-century red and gold painted Chinese scrolls for Evergreen as part of his avant-garde decorative scheme for a new dining room. Each scroll identifies one of the Eight Immortals, ancient figures empowered by a unique attribute that could extend life, bestow wealth, or destroy evil. This focus exhibition pushes beyond the decorative aspects of the scrolls to reveal a more nuanced appreciation of the fascinating mythological figures that inhabit them. Also on display are related works from the museum’s permanent collection.