Asian Art Museum

Era-spanning looks in the Asian Art Museum exhibition  “Kimono Refashioned” from the Kyoto Costume Institute include (from left): a silk and satin damask dress from London (circa 1875); Dutch designer Iris van Herpen’s 2016 mono-filament organza dress; and a 1913 silk satin and crepe beaded evening coat from Paris’ House of Amy Linker. (Courtesy Ming Vong/S.F. Examiner)

‘Kimono Refashioned’ reveals Japan’s effect on global design

Offering yet another example of how it’s fun to look at fashion…

 

Dulari Devi’s 2015 “Prime Minister Modi arriving in a village via helicopter” is among the eye-catching works in “Painting Is My Everything: Art from India’s Mithila Region.” (Courtesy Asian Art Museum)

Lively Mithila village art graces museum walls

Qamar Adamjee laughed when asked how much travel was involved in her…

 

Designer Jin Teok, pictured with one of her pieces, attended the opening of “Couture Korea” at the Asian Art Museum. (Courtesy Janos Gereben)

K fashion, then and now

Asian Art Museum Director Jay Xu, enthusiastic about the “vibrant colors” in…

 

The Asian Art Museum’s expansion project includes a new pavilion and terrace. (Rendering courtesy wHY/ Asian Art Museum)

Asian Art Museum announces $38 million renovation

The Asian Art Museum has big plans for the 21st century, including…

The Asian Art Museum’s expansion project includes a new pavilion and terrace. (Rendering courtesy wHY/ Asian Art Museum)
A 19th century Thai watercolor of Buddha overcoming a demon -- and weapons transforming into lotus blossoms -- is on view at the Asian Art Museum in “Flower Power.” (Courtesy Asian Art Museum)

Asian Art Museum grooves with ‘Flower Power’

Embracing the flower as a hippie-era symbol of love and peace, “Flower…

A 19th century Thai watercolor of Buddha overcoming a demon -- and weapons transforming into lotus blossoms -- is on view at the Asian Art Museum in “Flower Power.” (Courtesy Asian Art Museum)
A life-sized jade burial suit for a king is among the impressive items in “Tomb Treasures: New Discoveries from China’s Han Dynasty.” (Courtesy Asian Art Museum)

Sexy pleasures among Han Dynasty ‘Tomb Treasures’

It’s a stretch, but the Asian Art Museum is flogging its fascinating…

A life-sized jade burial suit for a king is among the impressive items in “Tomb Treasures: New Discoveries from China’s Han Dynasty.” (Courtesy Asian Art Museum)
An 18th century painting from India depicting Hanuman leaping across the ocean is among the dozens of artworks spanning centuries on view at the Asian Art Museum in “The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe.” (Courtesy Museum Rietberg Zurich, photo by Rainer Wolfsberger)

‘Rama Epic’ artworks bring ancient poem to life

Venerated, colorful and adaptable to the spirit of any age, literature’s “Ramayana”…

An 18th century painting from India depicting Hanuman leaping across the ocean is among the dozens of artworks spanning centuries on view at the Asian Art Museum in “The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe.” (Courtesy Museum Rietberg Zurich, photo by Rainer Wolfsberger)
A 15th century porcelain “cup with chicken design” from the Ming dynasty is among the antiquities from the National Palace Museum on view at the Asian Art Museum.  (Courtesy National Palace Museum, Taipei)

‘Treasures’ collects 800 years of Chinese imperial art

“Priceless pork belly” is the catch phrase the Asian Art Museum has…

A 15th century porcelain “cup with chicken design” from the Ming dynasty is among the antiquities from the National Palace Museum on view at the Asian Art Museum.  (Courtesy National Palace Museum, Taipei)
The Asian Art Museum is planning to build a new pavilion atop a wing on the museum’s Hyde Street side. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Once-struggling Asian Art Museum set for major ‘transformation’

San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum is set for a major, multi-tiered “transformation”…

The Asian Art Museum is planning to build a new pavilion atop a wing on the museum’s Hyde Street side. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
A pre-20th century textile stencil from Japan (pictured) appears to have inspired the design of an early 1900s letter rack from a desk set manufactured by America’s Tiffany Studios; both are on view in “Looking East” at the Asian Art Museum. (Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts Boston)

‘Looking East’ reveals Japan’s influence on Western art

All styles Japanese became the rage in Europe and North America after…

A pre-20th century textile stencil from Japan (pictured) appears to have inspired the design of an early 1900s letter rack from a desk set manufactured by America’s Tiffany Studios; both are on view in “Looking East” at the Asian Art Museum. (Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts Boston)
“Meat-shaped Stone,” a popular art work in Taiwan, will be on view at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco next year. (Courtesy National Palace Museum, Tapei)

Asian Art Museum plans big 50th season

A precious piece of meat is among the attractions coming to the…

“Meat-shaped Stone,” a popular art work in Taiwan, will be on view at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco next year. (Courtesy National Palace Museum, Tapei)
“Illumination Waqf,” a 2013 print by Saudi Arabian artist Ahmed Mater, addresses religion, technology and culture. (Courtesy Ahmed Mater/Asian Art Museum)

New works invigorate Asian Art Museum

The Asian Art Museum’s current exhibition has new stuff, and it’s quite…

“Illumination Waqf,” a 2013 print by Saudi Arabian artist Ahmed Mater, addresses religion, technology and culture. (Courtesy Ahmed Mater/Asian Art Museum)
Every student in a San Francisco school

SFUSD’s talented students show off work at Arts Festival

This coming weekend, thousands of kids and community members will be streaming…

Every student in a San Francisco school
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Asian Art Museum takes on colossal quake problem

The ancient Arabian sandstone colossi on display at the Asian Art Museum…

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courtesy photoAdmission is free at the Asian Art Museum for Target Free First Sunday. Current exhibitions include “Gorgeous” and the final few days of “The Carved Brush: Calligraphy

July 6: 'Gorgeous' and other SF events

Something to read Water Paper Stone: Letters From a Mill in France…

courtesy photoAdmission is free at the Asian Art Museum for Target Free First Sunday. Current exhibitions include “Gorgeous” and the final few days of “The Carved Brush: Calligraphy
courtesy photoA Thai statue

Asian Art Museum’s ‘Gorgeous’ has no claims on what’s beautiful

“Gorgeous,” an unusual new exhibit at the Asian Art Museum, is a…

courtesy photoA Thai statue
courtesy trustees of the chester beatty library

Yoga exhibition pretty, baffling

More than 20 million Americans practice yoga, spending million of dollars on…

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Courtesy photoAvant-garde artist Bernice Bing is the subject of a film screening at the de Young Museum on Friday in an event presented by the Asian American Women Artists Association.

Persian Cyrus Cylinder is artifact of human rights

One of the seminal figures of ancient Persia, King Cyrus the Great,…

Courtesy photoAvant-garde artist Bernice Bing is the subject of a film screening at the de Young Museum on Friday in an event presented by the Asian American Women Artists Association.
Courtesy photoAvant-garde artist Bernice Bing is the subject of a film screening at the de Young Museum on Friday in an event presented by the Asian American Women Artists Association.

Larry Ellison's treasures on view

Emily Sano is back, bearing treasures to share. The former director of…

Courtesy photoAvant-garde artist Bernice Bing is the subject of a film screening at the de Young Museum on Friday in an event presented by the Asian American Women Artists Association.
Courtesy PhotoOn loan from the British Museum

From ancient treasures to photographs

Although the fine arts scene in The City will be dominated by…

Courtesy PhotoOn loan from the British Museum