On exhibition: November 19, 2010 - February 13, 2011
The sixth annual Christmas crèche exhibition at the Knights of Columbus Museum includes more than 100 crèches (or Nativities Scenes) from 22 Asian countries. The crèches come from the Holy Land in the Middle East and across the continent to Japan on the Pacific Rim. Many of the countries have only a small population of Christians, in contrast to the Philippines which is the third largest Catholic nation in the world.
Also included are original Holy Family paintings and prints from Japan, China and Korea. Some styles are uniquely Asian while others follow European techniques and craftsmanship. Several detailed crèches were created by a one-of-a-kind Christian Woodworking Work Shop in China. The exhibition’s crèches and paintings are on loan from seven collections, including the Maryknoll Missionaries in China.
Visitors to Christmas in Asia will also enjoy the Mother Teresa: Life Spirituality and Message exhibition, which will continue to April 3, 2011. The Museum’s 10th annual Christmas Tree Festival will open Dec. 1, 2010 and run concurrently with Christmas in Asia.