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In pictures : Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art

The Belz Museum has the largest collection of Chinese art in the south.
Credit: Meka Wilson

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art has one of the largest collections of Chinese art in the south. Jack and Marilyn Belz, local entrepreneurs, donated their private collection to the foundation that runs the museum. 

The museum opened in 1998 and was originally three small rooms. As time passed, the museum grew and now houses over 1,400 objects. 

The Belz Museum has 5 permanent exhibit galleries. There are  three Asian exhibits, one Judaic exhibit, and a Holocaust memorial gallery. There are special exhibits that are brought in semi-annually.

The Chinese art in this museum was created during the Qing's dynasty, 1644-1911, and houses over 900 pieces, and the Judaic collection, which was added to the museum in 2004, consists of over 200 pieces and reflects the artistry of Israel’s contemporary artists, Ofra Friedland and Daniel Kafri.

Belz Museum has the largest collection of Kafri’s work outside of Israel, including his 32 bronze sculptures, which were designed to illustrate the entire Bible.

Belz Museum is located downtown at 119 South Main Street. 

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