A philanthropist, art patron, and collector for more than 50 years, Lloyd Cotsen began acquiring ethnographic objects at a time when few museums treated them as works of art. His passion for creativity in three dimensions resulted in the world’s largest collection of Japanese bamboo baskets; a textile collection of close to 4,500 pieces that span thousands of years and every region of the globe; a comprehensive and historically significant group of Chinese bronze mirrors, as well as hundreds of international folk art objects.
The Cotsen Collection, rich in variety and artistic expression, has one common thread:
All of these objects strike some emotional bell within me, they appeal to my curiosity, to the thrill of discovery of the extraordinary in the ordinary, to my sense of humor, to my search for the beauty in form and simplicity. – Lloyd Cotsen