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Timken promotes the art of engineering in China

Shanghai, China -- The Timken Company is sponsoring the historic premier of 'From Monet to Picasso: Masterworks fro...


August 28, 2006
By MRO Magazine

Shanghai, China — The Timken Company is sponsoring the historic premier of ‘From Monet to Picasso: Masterworks from the Cleveland Museum of Art’ at the Beijing World Art Museum. In celebration of the sponsorship, the company has also commissioned sculptures using its bearing and steel products by Jiang Qiong Er, an emerging Chinese artist-designer.

“As part of our own company culture, we value innovation and creativity and have a history of support for the arts and culture. Sponsoring the voyage of these masterpieces from their home at the Cleveland Museum of Art to audiences in China offers a great connection between two parts of the world where Timken is applying our technical knowledge creatively to improve customer performance,” said Roger Lindsay, senior-vice president of Timken’s Asia Pacific operations.

Jiang Qiong Er, a native of Shanghai who is already gaining international recognition for her contemporary artwork, shows her creativity and talent in a wide range of media including painting, sculpture and photography. She debuted in the art arena with her “industrial romance” jewellery collection, which incorporates industrial parts in her designs.

The four pieces of Timken-commissioned artwork under creation by Jiang Qiong Er will be displayed in the company’s Asia Pacific headquarters in Shanghai and its global headquarters in Ohio. Timken will donate two of the finished pieces in 2007.


“Now, through Jiang Qiong Er’s work and her fusion of art and engineered products, we are delighted also to have the chance to introduce a contemporary Chinese artist to audiences in the United States,” said Lindsay.

From Monet to Picasso: Masterworks from The Cleveland Museum of Art, which continues to run in Beijing through August 27, 2006, is one of six such travelling exhibitions from The Cleveland Museum of Art scheduled for presentation at more than a dozen venues over the next four years. The Beijing first leg of the world tour of the masterworks, sponsored by Timken, is currently on display at the Beijing World Art Museum.

The travelling exhibition From Monet to Picasso marks a milestone in the Cleveland Museum of Art’s 90-year history, as it is the first time that such a preponderance of masterworks from its permanent collection will be on view outside of Cleveland.

The exhibition brings together 60 of The Cleveland Museum’s most highly acclaimed European paintings and sculptures from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, featuring iconic works by Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cezanne, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Camille Pissarro, Pierre Bonnard, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Auguste Rodin.