The Ringling Museum of Art has a noteworthy collection of more than 250 fans, some of which are exhibited in these two galleries reflecting the heritage of fans from many parts of the world. One gallery focuses on Asian fan traditions, and one on European fan traditions. They represent the highest workmanship of the eighteenth century to the early twentieth century, and reflect the changing tastes and social mores of the period. The latest colors and fashions, historical allusions, and commemorations of special occasions, are all reflected in the designs of the fans. The materials include precious metals such as gold and silver, and other exquisite materials such as ivory and silk. The techniques include lacquering painting, printing, carving, piercing and folding, all of which form a rich diversity of cultural reflections.
Fan-Tastic was made possible through the generous support of the Brunckhorst Endowment, the Elsa James Zelley Antique Fan Endowment, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Foundation.