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    New MegaCity: India's Culture of the Streets
    Place: The Peabody Essex Museum - Salem, 161 Essex Street, Massachusetts, USA
    Date: Mar 21, 2016 to Dec 31, 2017
    Detail: In the early 20th century, Indian artists viewed the village as the true locus for India\'s identity, distinct from that of the British colonial cities of Calcutta, Bombay and New Delhi. By mid-century, India had gained independence and its cities were replenished with all kinds of people fulfilling their dreams. In the cities, the drive toward modernity co-existed with the enduring presence of the spiritual in unexpected ways.

    This installation includes paintings from PEM\'s Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection. Images of confrontation, hope, fracture and change traverse shifting grounds rich with contradictions.

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    New Importing Splendor: Luxuries from China
    Place: The Peabody Essex Museum - Salem, 161 Essex Street, Massachusetts, USA
    Date: Mar 21, 2016 to Dec 31, 2017
    Detail:

    Explore PEM\'s superlative Chinese export art collection -- the most comprehensive and celebrated collection of its kind -- through nearly 30 selected works, including furniture, paintings and decorative objects. Created by Chinese artists in the 18th and 19th centuries for European and American markets, these works display a mastery of material and form that made them the most coveted luxurious items of their day.

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    New Double Happiness: Celebration in Chinese Art
    Place: The Peabody Essex Museum - Salem, 161 Essex Street, Massachusetts, USA
    Date: Mar 21, 2016 to Dec 31, 2017
    Detail: Come and experience the liveliness of a drinking party, the opulence of a royal wedding and poetic evocation of spring on a delicate dish. With more than 30 highlights from the museum\'s wide-ranging Chinese collection spanning 3,000 years, this exhibition celebrates China\'s artistic achievements crystallized in seasonal festivals, religious ceremonies and celebrations. Discover plants and animals, myths and symbols and decipher the Chinese character for \"Double Happiness.\"

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    New Gateway to Himalayan Art
    Place: The Rubin Museum of Art - New York, 150 West 17th St., USA
    Date: Jun 29, 2016 to May 28, 2018
    Detail: Gateway to Himalayan Art introduces visitors to the main forms, concepts, and meanings of Himalayan art represented in our collection. A large multimedia map orients the visitors and highlights cultural regions of a diverse Himalayan cultural sphere that includes parts of present day India, China, Nepal, Bhutan, and Mongolia. Visitors are invited to explore exemplary objects from the Museum’s collection, organized and presented in thematic sections: Figures and Symbols, Materials and Techniques, and Purpose and Function.

    The exhibition employs a concise and informative approach to convey the principal notions inherent in the rich traditions of Himalayan art to first-time visitors and specialists alike. In addition to sculptures and paintings, objects such as a stupa, prayer wheel, and ritual implements demonstrate that their patrons sought the accumulation of merit and hoped for wealth, long life, and spiritual gains, all to be fulfilled through the ritual use of these objects and commissioning works of art.

    Among the featured installations are a display that explains the process of Nepalese lost-wax metal casting and a presentation of the stages of Tibetan hanging scroll painting (thangka). Visitors will also encounter life-size reproductions of murals from Tibet’s Lukhang Temple, photographed by Thomas Laird and Clint Clemens.

    As a whole the exhibition provides visitors with tools for understanding the artistic traditions presented throughout the museum, including a Looking Guide, a take away brochure and an audio guide.


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    New Infinite Compassion: Avalokiteshvara in Asian Art
    Place: Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art - Staten Island, 338 Lighthouse Avenue, New York, USA
    Date: Oct 01, 2016 to Sep 30, 2018
    Detail: Infinite Compassion is an art exhibition of images that embody the concept of compassion but the scope is much larger — it aims to encourage us to meditate on our capacity as human beings to care about each other selflessly in thought and deed. Devoted to the Buddhist deity of compassion, the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, Infinite Compassion, is a collaborative exhibition featuring objects from the JMMTA, the Staten Island Museum, the Rubin Museum of Art, the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College, and private collectors. The exhibition was guest curated by Patricia Eichenbaum Karetsky, PhD.


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    New Chinese Snuff Bottles from Southern Californian Collectors
    Place: LACMA - Los Angeles, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., California, USA
    Date: Oct 29, 2016 to Jan 21, 2018
    Detail: Snuff, a powdered form of tobacco from the Americas, was initially brought to China by European traders in the late 16th century, during the Ming dynasty (1368–1644). It was in the 17th century, however, in the early Qing dynasty (1644–1911), that China witnessed a rise of snuff-taking among the upper classes. Inhaling snuff was perceived as more stylish and elegant than smoking tobacco, and this led to the subsequent use and collecting of snuff bottles (biyanhu).

    Drawn from nine private collections in Southern California, the snuff bottles shown in this exhibition represent an extraordinary variety of materials, from porcelain, glass, and cloisonné to rock crystal, limestone with fossils, and bamboo. These miniature works of art reflect a wide range of decorative techniques, including carving, enameling, and painting on the inner surfaces of transparent bottles made of glass and crystal. These bottles reflect themes from history, mythology, poetry and prose, and religion. The exhibition also includes several rare imperial bottles bearing reign marks of the Qianlong (1736–1795) and Jiaqing (1796–1820) emperors.


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    New Visible Vaults
    Place: The San Diego Museum of Art - Balboa Park, San Diego, 1450 El Prado, California, USA
    Date: Nov 12, 2016 to Nov 12, 2019
    Detail: The Visible Vaults will recreate part of The San Diego Museum of Art’s most carefully guarded area, a place that is invisible to most visitors—the vaults where the thousands of works of art in our collection are stored.


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    New Mastering Materials: Rare Objects from the IMA’s Asian Collection
    Place: Indianapolis Museum of Art - Indianapolis, 4000 Michigan Road, Indiana, USA
    Date: Nov 20, 2016 to Jul 15, 2018
    Detail: This exhibition features groupings of intricate artworks masterfully created from a wide array of materials including: wood, lacquer, ivory, bone, horn, paper, metal and stone. These materials were used to make objects that served a variety of purposes across multiple cultures. These intriguing treasures and curios herald from the IMA’s permanent collection, and many have not been on display for more than 50 years.

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    New Masterpieces from the Asia Society Museum Collection
    Place: Asia Society - New York, 725 Park Avenue, USA
    Date: Dec 20, 2016 to Jan 07, 2018
    Detail: This exhibition features a selection of the finest artworks from the renowned Asia Society Museum Collection. Included are Chinese, Korean, and Japanese ceramics, Indian and Cambodian sculpture, and sculptures from South and Southeast Asia and the Himalayas that show the varied imagery associated with the transmission of Buddhism across the region.

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    New Color Across Asia
    Place: Ackland Art Museum - Chapel Hill, 101 S. Columbia Street, North Carolina, USA
    Date: Dec 21, 2016 to May 13, 2018
    Detail: Color Across Asia is part of a groundbreaking re-installation of the Ackland Art Museum’s Asian galleries, presenting the Museum’s acclaimed collection of art from across the continent.

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    New Self-Interned, 1942: Noguchi in Poston War Relocation Center
    Place: The Noguchi Museum - Long Island City, 32-37 Vernon Boulevard, New York, USA
    Date: Jan 18, 2017 to Jan 07, 2018
    Detail: Self-Interned, 1942 brings together about two dozen works from the Museum’s collection, dating from before, during, and after Noguchi’s time at Poston, along with a substantial selection of archival documents. Together these evoke this harrowing moment in the history of American democracy, while revealing the impact that his experience at Poston had on Noguchi’s art.


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    New Art of East Asia
    Place: The San Diego Museum of Art - Balboa Park, San Diego, 1450 El Prado, California, USA
    Date: Feb 07, 2017 to Dec 31, 2019
    Detail: Art of East Asia vividly animates the philosophical and creative traditions that inspired Asian luminaries and everyday people throughout China, Japan, and Korea.

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    New Unexpected Light: Works by Young Il Ahn
    Place: LACMA - Los Angeles, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., California, USA
    Date: Feb 25, 2017 to Jan 21, 2018
    Detail: Korean-American artist Young Il Ahn was born in 1934 in Gaeseong, historically known as the capital of the Goryeo dynasty (912–1392) and geographically located in North Korea today. While acknowledged as a child prodigy, Ahn carried out his most prolific work in Los Angeles since his arrival in the U.S. in 1966. Since then, Ahn’s works have consistently focused on his interest in the local surroundings rather than the country he left. This exhibition showcases many works from his best-known series, Water, which was inspired by a near-death incident on the Pacific Ocean in 1983, as well as his most recent works. The Water series marks a notable shift in Ahn’s style from semi abstraction to complete abstraction, which has continued to define his style to this day.

    This exhibition marks the first-ever introduction of a Korean-American artist at LACMA, highlighting the ever expanding diversity and realities within the ethnic Korean population in Los Angeles.


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    New Mongolian Treasures
    Place: Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art - Staten Island, 338 Lighthouse Avenue, New York, USA
    Date: Mar 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
    Detail: Features sculpture from the Museum’s collection of Buddhist deities from Mongolia. Two prominent sculptures include Tsong Khapa, (1357-1419) the founder of the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism and a Maitreya Bodhisattva from the early 18th century. The exhibit also includes a selection of Mongolian watercolors.

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    New Musical Arts of Asia
    Place: Newark Museum - Newark, 49 Washington Street, New Jersey, USA
    Date: Mar 08, 2017 to Feb 26, 2018
    Detail: Featuring more than 25 works from the Museum’s collection, this installation celebrates music through the arts of East and South Asia. Introducing string, percussion and wind instruments not found in Western traditions—both the actual musical instruments and images of their sounding will be featured. Prints, paintings, ivories and lacquer works from China, India, Japan, Korea, Nepal and Tibet reveal disparate dynamic melodic traditions. These visuals will be enhanced by audio and video multimedia—a feast for the eyes and ears.

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    New Masterworks of Himalayan Art
    Place: The Rubin Museum of Art - New York, 150 West 17th St., USA
    Date: Mar 08, 2017 to Mar 26, 2018
    Detail: Masterworks, a regularly changing exhibition at the Rubin, explores major strands in the development of Himalayan art, covering a period of over one thousand years, and presents regional artistic traditions in their broad cultural, geographic, historical, and stylistic contexts. The 2017 iteration of this exhibition draws primarily from the Rubin collection and is augmented by a few select long-term loans.

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    New Arts of Islamic Lands: Selections from The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait
    Place: The Museum of Fine Arts, Caroline Wiess Law Building - Houston, 1001 Bissonnet, Texas, USA
    Date: Mar 21, 2017 to Jan 28, 2018
    Detail: The Museum’s landmark partnership with the Kuwait-based al-Sabah Collection and the cultural institution Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah continues with an expanded installation of Arts of Islamic Lands: Selections from The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait.

    The renowned al-Sabah Collection is one of the greatest privately held collections of Islamic art in the world. The collaboration with the Museum, established in 2012, led to the 2013 Houston debut of 67 objects ranging from carpets and architectural fragments to exquisite ceramics, metalwork, jewelry, scientific instruments, and manuscripts.

    This expanded installation more than triples the display, increasing the art on view to some 250 works that, together, present an impressive and comprehensive spectrum of Islamic art. Objects from the 8th to 18th century—made in North Africa, the Middle East, Turkey, India, the Iberian Peninsula, and Central Asia—demonstrate the development of techniques, craftsmanship, and aesthetics in Islamic visual culture.

    Among the highlights are a 16th-century Ottoman Turkish prayer carpet; a glass mosque lamp from 14th-century Cairo; an extraordinary earthenware bowl from 9th-century Iraq that transcends its humble function; early gold jewelry from Afghanistan and Syria; and opulent Mughal jewelry crafted in the refined kundan technique, including a brilliant bird pendant fabricated in late 16th-century India from gold, rubies, emeralds, diamonds, and rock crystals.

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    New Sculpting Nature: Jade from the Collection
    Place: Crow Collection of Asian Art - Dallas, 2010 Flora St., Texas, USA
    Date: Mar 21, 2017 to Mar 10, 2018
    Detail: The permanent collection of the Crow Collection of Asian Art is comprised of a large number of various types of jade objects from the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). This outstanding collection of later-period jades is among the finest of its kind in the United States. Shining a spotlight on this strength of the museum\'s collection, the exhibition presents a stunning selection of jade objects that reflect multiple aspects of Chinese culture – from archaic ritual, through the world of the scholars, to the refinements of courtly life. Jade, a precious material found in nature, is fashioned into a diverse variety of objects that reflect Chinese culture, beliefs, and aesthetic tastes.

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    New Conserving Treasures: Jamini Roy and Modern Indian Art
    Place: Harn Museum of Art - Gainesville, 3259 Hull Road, Florida, USA
    Date: Mar 21, 2017 to Mar 11, 2018
    Detail: One cannot overstate the importance of Jamini Roy’s (1887 – 1972) revolutionary role in the development of modern Indian art from late colonial period to the establishment of India as a nation state in 1947. Along with Amrita Sher-Gil (1913 – 1941) and poet-painter Rabindranath Tagore (1861 – 1941), Roy is considered one of the pioneering artistic leaders symbolizing the creation of a new “national art” for India. Although formally trained in European academic realism, the folk art traditions of his native region of Bengal significantly influenced Roy’s mature painting style. Folk art inspired Roy to forge a powerful weapon of anti-colonial resistance through his art.

    The Harn Museum’s collection contains 45 works by Jamini Roy and ranks among the largest public collections of distinguished holdings by the artist outside of India. Inspired by Indian village artisans, Roy often used pigments made from organic matter, including rock-dust, tamarind seeds, and mercury powder, to paint his canvases. Regardless of the nature of these materials, conservation scientists are able to preserve Roy’s works by consolidating lifting and flaking paint, stabilizing the canvas supports, and cleaning using dry methods.

    Along with two new highlighted donations, a selection of paintings in the exhibition were conserved in January 2016 with grant support from the E. Rhodes and Leonora B. Carpenter Foundation.


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    New Ritual Objects of the Himalayas
    Place: Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art - Staten Island, 338 Lighthouse Avenue, New York, USA
    Date: Apr 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
    Detail: Features a selection of ritual objects, stupas, prayer wheels, mandalas and photographs from the Museum’s collection.

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    New Captivated By Color: The Mimi and Perk Wilson Collection of Indian Paintings
    Place: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts - Richmond, 200 N. Boulevard, Virginia, USA
    Date: Apr 07, 2017 to Jan 21, 2018
    Detail: For decades, Mimi Wilson Dozier was the impassioned ringleader of VMFA’s Friends of Indian Art. Together with former curator Dr. Joseph M. Dye III she introduced a generation of Richmond-area residents to the subcontinent’s enchanting artistic creations. Encouraged by her husbands, Perk and Kemp, Mimi gradually amassed a first-rate collection of Indian miniature paintings.

    These 24 works, now on view in the museum’s Indian Pavilion Gallery, include superb examples from many of North India’s myriad regional painting schools. They are presented in a loosely thematic arrangement that foregoes art history’s typical chronological and geographic march, instead allowing the viewer to consider images created across periods and places, related to one another by subject matter.

    What initially drew this Richmond collector to Indian paintings was their bright colors, flat surfaces, and stylized figures. With time, she became every bit as delighted by these works’ subtleties and sophistications. VMFA’s visitors now have the opportunity to be captivated, by these paintings’ colors, their intricacies, and their transporting charm.


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    New An Enchanted Land: A Century of Indian Paintings at the MFA
    Place: Museum of Fine Arts - Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue, Massachusetts, USA
    Date: Apr 10, 2017 to Jan 07, 2018
    Detail: “An Enchanted Land” celebrates the centennial of the MFA’s collection of Indian art with a display of some of the most extraordinary examples of Indian painting anywhere in the world. Made in the Rajput kingdoms of North India between the 17th and 19th century, they represent a type of art that was totally unknown in the West when they entered the Museum’s collection a century ago. Even in India, Rajput painting was then little recognized.

    This exhibition celebrates 100 years of Indian paintings at the MFA, highlighting the contributions of the figure who brought them to Boston, and to the attention of the world: Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (1877–1947). Curator at the Museum from 1917 until his death in 1947, Coomaraswamy collected these paintings during his travels in India and sold them to MFA benefactor Denman Waldo Ross. A pioneering philosopher and historian of Indian art, Coomaraswamy was also a staunch nationalist, working to end British colonialism in India and elsewhere. He put Rajput painting forward as a proto-national art form of the highest quality, a visual manifestation of what he called “the great ideals of Indian culture.” For him the struggle for independence was nothing less than a fight to keep these ideals alive.

    The end of colonialism in India has reframed the ways we approach the study of Indian art, but many of Coomaraswamy’s observations and arguments about Rajput painting remain incisive. The works on view in this exhibition—organized around his own words, reflecting some of his keenest insights—also retain their power and their ability to delight.


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    New The Glazed Elephant: Ceramic Traditions in Cambodia
    Place: Smithsonian Institution - Washington, D.C., 1050 Independence Ave SW, USA
    Date: Apr 15, 2017 to Jan 31, 2018
    Detail: Water-pouring elephants; lime pots shaped like birds, rabbits, and lions; bottles with human faces and hands folded in reverence: these vessels feature in the ceramic traditions of the Angkor kingdom (802–1431). The Glazed Elephant explores these unconventional forms, their supposed functions, and the people who made and used them during this famous period in Cambodia’s history.


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    New Henri Cartier-Bresson: India in Full-Frame
    Place: The Rubin Museum of Art - New York, 150 West 17th St., USA
    Date: Apr 21, 2017 to Jan 29, 2018
    Detail: Disputed borders, refugees, charismatic leaders, assassinations—the India of the mid-century does not sound so distant from the world today. It was a time and place captured expertly and in great depth by the pioneering photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908–2004).

    In 1947 Cartier-Bresson co-founded the internationally renowned cooperative photographic agency Magnum Photos. Later that same year he undertook his first trip to India as part of a three-year stay in Asia. At the time, India was undergoing a massive political transition, having gained independence from British colonial rule and been partitioned from Pakistan. In January 1948 Cartier-Bresson traveled to Delhi to meet with one of the key players in that transition, India’s great leader Mahatma Gandhi. It would be one of Gandhi’s final meetings before the leader’s assassination at the hands of a Hindu nationalist on January 30.

    The resulting photos of Gandhi’s last day of life and the events surrounding his funeral, which helped catapult Cartier-Bresson to international fame, are part of a selection of 69 photographs from the photographer’s travels to India shared in the exhibition. They reflect his abiding interest in the people and sites of India, including some examples of his “street photography” style that has influenced generations of photographers. Together they illustrate a master photographer’s perspective on transformative moments in Indian history.


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    New Teardrops that Wound
    Place: George Tsutakawa Art Gallery, Wing Luke Museum - Seattle, 719 South King Street, Washington, USA
    Date: May 12, 2017 to May 20, 2018
    Detail: Curator SuJ\'n Chon brings together six artists whose work transforms the imagery of war, revealing unexpected layers of meaning – and asks us to imagine a different outcome.


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    New Polished to Perfection: Japanese Cloisonné from the Collection of Donald K. Gerber and Sueann E. Sherry
    Place: LACMA - Los Angeles, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., California, USA
    Date: May 28, 2017 to Feb 04, 2018
    Detail: The 1830s marked the beginning of a renaissance in Japanese cloisonné production. Though small objects incorporating enamels were produced in Japan prior to the 19th century, a new generation of artisans developed techniques that enabled the creation of three-dimensional vessels, greater flexibility in surface design, and a number of different enameling styles. During the “golden age” of Japanese cloisonné production (approximately 1880–1910), intricate decorations, sophisticated use of color, expanding varieties of form, and flawless surface finishes became the hallmarks of Japanese cloisonné wares.

    Polished to Perfection presents approximately 150 works from the collection of Donald K. Gerber and Sueann E. Sherry. Built over the course of more than four decades, the collection contains works crafted by the most accomplished Japanese cloisonné masters of the time including Namikawa Yasuyuki (1845–1927), Namikawa Sōsuke (1847–1919), Hayashi Kodenji (1831–1915), and Kawade Shibatarō (1856–1921). The artists represented in this exhibition raised the art of cloisonné enamel to a level of unparalleled technical and artistic perfection.


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    New Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads
    Place: The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art - Sarasota, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Florida, USA
    Date: Jun 09, 2017 to Jun 01, 2018
    Detail: The Ringling is pleased to announce the presentation of the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s 12 monumental bronze sculptures, Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads. A sculptor, photographer, installation artist, architect, and social activist, Ai is one of the most renowned artists working today.


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    New Japanese Bamboo Art: The Abbey Collection
    Place: The Met Fifth Avenue - New York, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, USA
    Date: Jun 13, 2017 to Feb 04, 2018
    Detail: A spectacular loan exhibition devoted to masterworks of Japanese bamboo art will go on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the summer of 2017. With works by eminent bamboo masters dating from the late 19th century to the present—the era when basketry in Japan became recognized as a form of art transcending “craft” — Japanese Bamboo Art: The Abbey Collection will showcase more than 80 baskets and abstract sculptures. Award-winning works by all six artists who are designated as Living National Treasures will be featured. Highlighting key stages in the modern history of Japanese bamboo art, the exhibition will bring into sharp focus the transformations of styles and plaiting techniques, while introducing the main lineages of bamboo masters and showing the emergence of a contemporary bamboo art scene.

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    New The World Is Sound
    Place: The Rubin Museum of Art - New York, 150 West 17th St., USA
    Date: Jun 16, 2017 to Jan 08, 2018
    Detail: Learn to listen with your whole body.

    Visitors will explore how sound and our sense of hearing shape our daily lives, our traditions, our history, and all of existence. The World Is Sound employs sound in new ways to animate and intensify the experience of art in the Rubin\'s collection. Organized cyclically—from creation to death to rebirth—the exhibition explores different dimensions of sound and listening and its many functions in Tibetan Buddhism.

    Featuring work by more than 20 artists, The World Is Sound juxtaposes new site-specific commissions and works by prominent contemporary sound artists with historical objects from the museum\'s collection of Tibetan Buddhist art to encourage reflection on how we listen and to challenge entrenched ways of thinking.

    The Museum space itself will become an instrument of transformation. The centerpiece of the exhibition is Le Corps Sonore (Sound Body), an immersive, site-specific installation composed for the Rubin Museum\'s iconic spiral staircase by the pioneering electronic sound artists Éliane Radigue, Laetitia Sonami, and Bob Bielecki. Ambient drone sounds inspired by Buddhist philosophy are \"tuned\" to the building, and will ascend and descend as visitors wind their way up the staircase. The subtlety and ephemerality of the sounds prepare the listener for understanding a core tenet of Buddhist philosophy, where music is a metaphor for change and impermanence. As with the entire exhibition, Le Corps Sonore invites visitors to slow down and consider their bodily engagement with sound, space, and their individual perceptions.

    The exhibition features works by contemporary artists including C. Spencer Yeh, Christine Sun Kim, Ernst Karel, Hildegard Westerkamp, John Giorno, Jules Gimbrone, MSHR, Nate Wooley, Pauline Oliveros, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, and Samita Sinha.

    The exhibition also includes Tibetan Buddhist ritual music from several monasteries in Nepal and India, the voices of Rubin visitors recorded in the OM Lab, and software and acoustic design by Terence Caulkins of Arup. Daniel Neumann is Lead Acoustic Designer for the exhibition.

    An audio tour, print and online magazine, and series of public programs will complement the exhibition.

    Curated by Risha Lee


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    New Hidden Nature: Sopheap Pich
    Place: Crow Collection of Asian Art - Dallas, 2010 Flora St., Texas, USA
    Date: Jun 25, 2017 to Jan 07, 2018
    Detail: The Crow Collection of Asian Art is pleased to announce the presentation of a solo exhibition of the work of Sopheap Pich, recognized today as Cambodia’s most internationally prominent contemporary artist.

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    New Ai Weiwei: Trace at Hirshhorn
    Place: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution - Washington DC, Independence Ave SW, USA
    Date: Jun 28, 2017 to Jan 01, 2018
    Detail: One of China’s most provocative living artists, Ai Weiwei (b. Beijing, 1957) has spent nearly four decades exploring the relationships between art, society, and individual experience. His work, as prolific as it is eclectic, encompasses a wide range of media, including sculpture, installation, photography, film, painting, and architecture. Ai Weiwei has sought to incite change through his art since the late 1970s, and as his work has developed, he has become increasingly committed to his guiding principle of promoting human rights and freedom of expression for all.


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    New Styled with Poise: Figures in Japanese Paintings and Prints
    Place: Crow Collection of Asian Art - Dallas, 2010 Flora St., Texas, USA
    Date: Jul 08, 2017 to Jan 07, 2018
    Detail: Regal courtiers, lively townspeople, tragic heroines, and virtuous deities, are presented in exquisite form.


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    New India Modern: The Paintings of M. F. Husain
    Place: Art Institute of Chicago - Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave., Illinois, USA
    Date: Jul 14, 2017 to Mar 04, 2018
    Detail: This special installation—the centerpiece of the Art Institute of Chicago’s celebration of the 70th anniversary of India’s independence—presents eight large triptychs from the Indian Civilization series by M. F. Husain (1915–2011). Shown prominently across five of the museum’s Asian art galleries, India Modern: The Paintings of M. F. Husain marks the first time the series is being displayed in the United States.

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    New Philippine Art: Collecting Art, Collecting Memories
    Place: Asian Art Museum - San Francisco, 200 Larkin St, California, USA
    Date: Jul 14, 2017 to Mar 11, 2018
    Detail: Celebrate the rich diversity of Philippine art with 25 compelling works recently added to the Asian Art Museum’s collection. Expressive indigenous carving, jewelry and textiles; Christian devotional statues from the Spanish colonial period; postwar genre and landscape paintings; and contemporary works come together in this intimate exhibition to tell fascinating and complex stories of the Philippines.


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    New Indonesian Shadow Puppets
    Place: Mingei International Museum - San Diego, Balboa Park, Plaza de Panama, 1439 El Prado, California, USA
    Date: Jul 19, 2017 to Mar 18, 2018
    Detail: Shadow puppet performances have been a highly-refined and complex storytelling tradition in parts of Indonesia for hundreds of years.

    Known as wayang kulit, these flat puppets are cut and punched from water buffalo hide and then colorfully painted, usually on both sides. Sticks or handles made from water buffalo horn or wood, attached to the base and limbs of each puppet, enable it to come to life in the hands of the dhalang, or puppeteer, who sits behind a cotton screen and manipulates the puppets while narrating a story.

    This intimate exhibition in the Museum’s Theater Gallery will feature approximately 30 puppets, which depict the vast repertoire of heroes and heroines, demons and pranksters featured in the great Hindu epics, the Mahābhārata and Rāmāyaṇa, as well as local gods and mythical subjects. Puppet performances provide entertainment, a sense of community, as well as an opportunity for sacred and secular instruction. Traditional performances are always accompanied by a gamelan, a musical ensemble comprised of gongs, drums, xylophones and stringed instruments.


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    New Hiroshige: Famous Views in the 60-Odd Provinces
    Place: Indianapolis Museum of Art - Indianapolis, 4000 Michigan Road, Indiana, USA
    Date: Jul 21, 2017 to Apr 01, 2018
    Detail: Take a journey with renowned Japanese artist Utagawa Hiroshige through his breathtaking landscape paintings of the 66 provinces of Japan. Completed in 1856, Hiroshige’s Famous Views in the 60-Odd Provinces captured the beauty of Japan in vivid detail, just as leisurely travel was taking hold in the country. From famous landmarks, to beachside cliffs, Hiroshige provided a window into every corner of 19th-century Japan. In a novel approach for landscape prints, Hiroshige used vertical compositions rather than the usual horizontal. This allowed him to emphasize deep distances, towering heights, and unique vantage points.


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    New Graphic Ideology: Cultural Revolution Propaganda From China
    Place: Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art - Eugene, University of Oregon, 1430 Johnson Lane, Oregon, USA
    Date: Jul 22, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
    Detail: Working closely with UO faculty members and students in the Departments of the History of Art and Architecture, East Asian Languages and Literatures, and History, the JSMA is proud to present a special exhibition of Chinese Cultural Revolution propaganda posters. Drawn from a local private collection of great scope and quality, this installation celebrates the promised gift of a core selection of these historically important and visually compelling works and will provide a focus of study for a number of Fall 2017 classes and public programs. The exhibition grew out of a cataloguing project and smaller gallery installation undertaken last year by graduate students Kun Xie, Sangah Kim, Allie Mickle, and Esther Weng, and is augmented with further research and analysis by UO China specialists Roy Chan, Jenny Lin, and Ina Asim along with some of their graduate students.


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    New Zhou Rong's Awn-2, Violet
    Place: Newark Museum - Newark, 49 Washington Street, New Jersey, USA
    Date: Jul 24, 2017 to Jul 31, 2018
    Detail: Zhou Rong\'s monumental sculpture, Awn-2 Violet, is now on view at the Newark Museum\'s sculpture garden. This time lapse video shows how the sculpture was installed at the Newark Museum by ArtCore. Other artists represented in the garden include David Smith, Tony Smith and Geroge Segal. The soft contours, strong color, and large scale of this abstract sculpture draw the eye—pointedly contrasting its environment. The slick reflective skin animates the surroundings making them part of the work while the convex and concave surfaces cast shifting shadows as sunlight moves across its planes. The work is one of a series (other editions of similar form with varying sizes and materials are available through the gallery) that plays with positive and negative space.

    Zhou Rong was born in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province and currently lives and works in Hangzhou, Beijing. She is an emerging contemporary sculptor and ink painter, and graduated with a degree in printmaking from the Chinese Academy of Art in Hangzhou in 2014. Like all FitzGerald Fine Arts artists, Zhou Rong’s work sits at the junction of traditional methods and themes and contemporary concerns and motifs.

    Unlike other artists on the FitzGerald Fine Arts’ roster, Zhou Rong does not engage in strictly figurative representations of this intersection of past and present. Instead, she forgoes traditional objectification of nature-derived subjects in favor of a conceptual dialect. Zhou Rong’s surrealist works probe both changing gender roles and the mass urbanization rapidly reshaping Mainland China. In her ominous monochrome ink paintings, negative space is given equal credence as defined silhouette – positioning a psychological tension between viewer and subject.

    Her sculptural pieces draw upon the same themes while leveraging surprising uses of negative and positive space to evoke the inherent difference and connection between sharp and soft, strong and tender, birth and death.


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    New Conservation in Action: Demons and Demon Quellers
    Place: Museum of Fine Arts - Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue, Massachusetts, USA
    Date: Jul 29, 2017 to Feb 11, 2018
    Detail: Watch as the Asian Conservation Studio restores a 12-foot portrait of the mythological demon queller Marshal Xin, a general of thunder, dating back to China’s Ming dynasty and on view to the public for the first time. Marshal Xin was an impressive figure in Daoism, the popular belief system in imperial China, with powers to control ghosts and spirits, summon thunder and rain, and avert evil. The MFA’s 16th-century portrait may have once hung in a county government temple for use in ceremonies to protect all local citizens.

    The six-month conservation treatment involves dismantling and reassembling the entire work—a complicated construction in which the painting and mount form an inseparable unit, unlike most Western paintings and their frames. Conservators will also restore the painted image and original silk support. Visitors can observe the elaborate process unfold, and, at times, interact with conservators at work.

    The hanging scroll is surrounded by other works depicting demons and demon quellers, including an important 15th-century Chinese handscroll featuring the deity Erlang and his army battling mountain demons who have taken the form of beautiful women, as well as a Korean painting that shows demons tormenting sinners in the Buddhist hells. Japanese demonology is represented with paintings and prints that include the 19th-century hanging scroll Night Procession of the Hundred Demons.

    The video Mr. Sea (2014) by Beijing-based artist Geng Xue will be screened in the gallery, showcasing how traditional tales of demons and ghosts continue to influence contemporary culture. This animated film, featuring blue-and-white porcelain figures, recreates a supernatural adventure from Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio, a famous 18th-century collection of ghost stories.


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    New How to Make the Universe Right: The Art of Priests and Shamans from Vietnam and Southern China
    Place: Fowler Museum - Los Angeles, 308 Charles E Young Dr N, California, USA
    Date: Jul 30, 2017 to Jan 07, 2018
    Detail: How to Make the Universe Right presents a large selection of rare religious scrolls, ceremonial clothing, and ritual objects of the Yao, Tày, Sán Dìu, Cao Lan, Sán Chay, Nùng, and other populations of northern Vietnam and southern China. Each group has their own traditions of educating and initiating priests and shamans, who serve as intermediaries between the physical and spiritual worlds and between the community and deities, in order to make the universe right through healing, balancing the forces of nature, and communicating with ancestors. The Yao\'s practices are most prominently associated with Daoism, a religious and philosophical tradition of Chinese origin, while for the other peoples, Daoist beliefs are combined with aspects of Buddhism, Tantrism, and Confucianism.

    The works of art in the exhibition, most of which date to the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, provide the material foundation for the regional manifestations of religious practices. Examples in the exhibition include vibrantly colored and intricately embroidered ritual robes and headdresses worn by priests, and a spectacular set of eighteen scrolls of elaborately painted deities, made for those engaged in the higher levels of initiation. The exhibition also features a display evoking the shrines constructed for ceremonies, a film on contemporary religious practices in the region, and a selection of scrolls highlighting their recent conservation and what this has revealed.

    All of the works on view are part of the Barry and Jill Kitnick Collection generously donated by the Kitnicks to the Fowler Museum at UCLA in 2015.


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    New Technologies of the Image: Art in 19th-Century Iran
    Place: Harvard Art Museums - Cambridge, 32 Quincy Street, Massachusetts, USA
    Date: Aug 26, 2017 to Jan 07, 2018
    Detail: This exhibition brings together four principal art forms—lacquer, lithography, photography, and painting and drawing on paper—to explore their separate and intertwined histories, contexts of production, and means of dissemination across sectors of society ranging from the courtly elite to the citizenry at large.


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    New Women in South Asian Art
    Place: University Teaching Gallery, Harvard Art Museums - Cambridge, 32 Quincy Street, Massachusetts, USA
    Date: Aug 26, 2017 to Jan 07, 2018
    Detail: Drawn from the Harvard Art Museums’ renowned South Asian art collection, this University Teaching Gallery installation complements an undergraduate course exploring images of women in South Asian art; the course takes a historical perspective in order to understand the politics of gender and the social status of women in today’s South Asia. In addition to historical examples of female patronage and representations of goddesses, the installation includes a group of objects portraying women as active agents—a lady chasing a cat, for example, or a rare depiction of a female artist. A small group of erotic images invites viewers to consider the relationship between erotic science and the Indic attitude toward the body, in which sexuality and virility are auspicious forces.


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    New Streams and Mountains without End: Landscape Traditions of China
    Place: The Met Fifth Avenue - New York, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, USA
    Date: Aug 26, 2017 to Jan 06, 2019
    Detail: Showcasing more than 120 Chinese landscape paintings in three rotations, the exhibition will offer gateways into the tradition, drawing out distinctions between types of landscape that may not be obvious at first glance. What initially appears to be a simple mountain dwelling, for example, is revealed to be the villa of the painter's friend, which encodes a wish for his happy retirement; what seems at first to be a simple study in dry brushwork turns out to be an homage to an old master, a sign of reverence for what had come before.


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    New Arts Of South and Southeast Asia
    Place: The San Diego Museum of Art - Balboa Park, San Diego, 1450 El Prado, California, USA
    Date: Aug 31, 2017 to Jan 31, 2019
    Detail: Arts of South and Southeast Asia ranges in date from the first to the nineteenth century AD.

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    New After Darkness: Southeast Asian Art in the Wake of History
    Place: Asia Society - New York, 725 Park Avenue, USA
    Date: Sep 08, 2017 to Jan 21, 2018
    Detail: After Darkness: Southeast Asian Art in the Wake of History considers how contemporary art from societies in transition may be read as an expression of the ambiguous and sometimes contentious relationship between individual artistic practices and sociopolitical context. The exhibition explores the cultural repercussions of political ruptures through sculpture, photography, video, and mixed-media installations by seven contemporary artists and one artist group from three Southeast Asian countries—Indonesia, Myanmar, and Vietnam—whose lives and art practices have intersected with defining historical moments.

    Featured artists: FX Harsono, Tintin Wulia, Angki Purbandono, Htein Lin, Nge Lay, Dinh Q. Lê, The Propeller Group, and Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai


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    New Atmosphere in Japanese Painting
    Place: LACMA - Los Angeles, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., California, USA
    Date: Sep 15, 2017 to Feb 04, 2018
    Detail: Atmosphere in Japanese Painting, presenting a span of techniques for evoking atmosphere, features the artist Ikezaki Yoshio (Japan, active United States, born 1953), who makes his own paper and sumi, which he applies with his ki (氣), energy, to reveal the natural forces within the elements of water and air impelled by the flow of ki. An entire level of the East Wing in the Pavilion for Japanese Art will be devoted to his work. Three new acquisitions are also featured—a pair of screens by Yamaato Kakurei (active late 18th–early 19th century) purchased by the 2017 Collectors Committee and showing waves crashing against rocks, Falling Green by Senju Hiroshi (Japan, active United States, born 1958), and Cloud 6 (Kumo) by Miya Ando (United States, born 1978).


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    New Circles and Circuits: Chinese Caribbean Art
    Place: Chinese American Museum - Los Angeles, 425 North Los Angeles Street, California, USA
    Date: Sep 15, 2017 to Mar 11, 2018
    Detail: Circles and Circuits explores the art of the Chinese Caribbean diaspora from the early 20th century to the present day. By examining the contributions of artists of Chinese descent in Cuba, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, and beyond, the exhibition reveals the hidden complexities of the transcultural art of the Caribbean. Presented in two parts: History and Art of the Chinese Caribbean Diaspora, on view at the California African American Museum (CAAM) through February 25, 2018, and Contemporary Chinese Caribbean Art on view at the Chinese American Museum (CAM) through March 11, 2018.


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    New Infinite Light: A Photographic Meditation on Tibet
    Place: Phoenix Art Museum, Asian Gallery - Phoenix, 1625 N. Central Avenue , USA
    Date: Sep 23, 2017 to Feb 18, 2018
    Detail: Infinite Light: A Photographic Meditation on Tibet explores photojournalist Marissa Roth’s inner and outer journeys to this majestic land and her literal and impressionistic views of Tibetan Buddhist practice and devotion.

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    New In Focus: An Assembly of Gods
    Place: Asia Society - New York, 725 Park Avenue, USA
    Date: Sep 26, 2017 to Mar 25, 2018
    Detail: This exhibition takes an in-depth look at a large Chinese pantheon painting from the early nineteenth century, in which heaven, land, and water provide the setting for a fascinating assembly of gods rendered in fine ink outlines and vibrant color. Pantheon paintings and prints are traditionally displayed in Chinese homes on New Year’s Day when the gods are believed to visit for an annual inspection of the deeds of man. The meticulously painted work features a range of Buddhist, Daoist, Confucian, and popular Chinese deities.


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    New Picturing History: Ledger Drawings of the Plains Indians
    Place: Fairfield University Art Museum (FUAM) - Fairfield, 1073 North Benson Road, Connecticut, USA
    Date: Sep 27, 2017 to Dec 20, 2017
    Detail: In the second half of the nineteenth century, artists from the Plains Indian peoples (Lakota, Cheyenne, Arapaho and others dwelling in the Western United States and Canada) produced an extraordinarily rich and distinctive body of drawings chronicling battles, rituals, and winsome if sometimes jarring events of everyday life. Known as Ledger Drawings because they were done on the pages of commercially produced account books, these striking images, many bearing pictographic signatures, are executed in ink, graphite, and colored pencil and watercolor. Some favor flat, stylized forms and a stark economy of means, while others show a lyrical predilection for rhythmic movement, minute descriptive and narrative detail, and dense, mosaic-like surface patterns. What all share is their makers’ acute powers of observation and ambition to record and describe recognizable people, places, things and events—to eloquently picture and record history as it transpired.

    Ledger Drawings are virtually unknown other than to a small group of specialists and cognoscenti, and with rare exceptions they have been studied foremost as anthropological and ethnographic documents rather than as artistic creations. Yet the medium—pencil and watercolor on paper—as well as the function and absorbing subject matter align these works with the centuries long western artistic practice of drawing “stories.” The images find an equally resonant context in the venerable tradition of picture chronicles, which extends back even further in time. Featuring some fifty Ledger Drawings, this exhibition presents these evocative works as graphic masterpieces in the long and rich history of drawing.


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    New Black and White: Japanese Modern Art
    Place: Museum of Fine Arts - Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue, Massachusetts, USA
    Date: Sep 30, 2017 to Jun 03, 2018
    Detail: Centered around a newly acquired, large-scale calligraphy by Inoue Yūichi (1916–85), this exhibition showcases a selection of avant-garde works in the monochrome aesthetic shared widely in Japan and beyond during the postwar period. This sensibility is rooted in Zen Buddhism, which values simplicity and austerity, and remains influential today. The works in the exhibition are the results of transnational exchanges between Japanese artists like Inoue and their American Expressionist contemporaries, including Franz Kline and Jackson Pollock, who drew inspiration from Asian calligraphy for their gestural paintings. Among the nine works on view are prints, ceramics and sculpture, primarily drawn from the MFA’s collection.


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    New Ganesha: The Playful Protector
    Place: Denver Art Museum - Denver, 100 W 14th Avenue Pkwy, Colorado, USA
    Date: Oct 01, 2017 to Oct 28, 2018
    Detail: Ganesha: The Playful Protector is developed in collaboration with the National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh, which is loaning a statue of Ganesha created in the 600 to 700s that is the centerpiece of the exhibition.

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    New Arts of Asia
    Place: The Walters Art Museum - Baltimore, 600 N. Charles Street, Maryland, USA
    Date: Oct 01, 2017 to Sep 30, 2020
    Detail: Find time for tranquility and reflection in Arts of Asia, the Walters’ new installation of one of the most exceptional collections of Asian art in North America. The dramatic display offers a rich exploration of artistic traditions from diverse cultures and regions across India, Nepal, Tibet, China, Korea, Japan, Myanmar, Thailand, and Cambodia. The stunning array of 150 works spanning 2,000 years includes more than 30 objects that have never been on view. Visitors are invited to enjoy the stillness and serenity of these works of art and to share the experience of quiet contemplation that they inspire.


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    New FOLD: Golden Venture Paper Sculptures
    Place: Museum of Chinese in America - New York, 215 Centre Street, New York, USA
    Date: Oct 05, 2017 to Mar 25, 2018
    Detail: As a way to actively engage visitors in a conversation about immigration issues, FOLD: Golden Venture Paper Sculptures will present the story of the passengers of the Golden Venture, a ship carrying 286 undocumented Chinese immigrants that ran aground in New York City in 1993. Selected from MOCA’s collection, over forty sculptures collectively created by the immigrants while detained for years at York County Prison will be on display. Through symbolic representations that include caged birds and American eagles, the sculptures give shape to both the quantitative and qualitative time spent waiting for uncertain legal outcomes. For most of these sculptures, their forms are Chinese folk art, but their subject matter is uniquely American. Idiomatic expressions and art-related theories of the “fold” as a form, action and metaphor will be used as an organizing principle for the exhibition’s content and design. In addition to archival materials, recently recorded oral history interviews with many of the immigrants and their supporters will also be played on overhead speakers to provide multiple perspectives on the attainment of the American Dream.


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    New Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World
    Place: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum - New York, 1071 Fifth Avenue, USA
    Date: Oct 06, 2017 to Jan 07, 2018
    Detail: Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World is an exhibition of experimental art by Chinese-born artists that spans 1989 to 2008.


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    New Hard Bodies: Contemporary Japanese Lacquer Sculpture
    Place: Minneapolis Institute of Art - Minneapolis, 2400 Third Avenue South, Minnesota, USA
    Date: Oct 07, 2017 to Feb 10, 2018
    Detail: It’s an art nearly as old as civilization itself. Since the Neolithic era, artisans in East Asia have coated bowls, cups, boxes, baskets, and other utilitarian objects with a natural polymer distilled from the sap of the rhus verniciflua, known as the lacquer tree. Lacquerware was—and still is—prized for its sheen, a lustrous beauty that artists learned to accentuate over the centuries with inlaid gold, silver, mother-of-pearl, and other precious materials.

    Since the late 1980s, this tradition has been challenged. A small but enterprising circle of lacquer artists have pushed the medium in entirely new and dynamic directions by creating large-scale sculptures, works that are both conceptually innovative and superbly exploitive of lacquer’s natural virtues. Thirty works by 16 artists comprise the first-ever comprehensive exhibition of contemporary Japanese lacquer sculpture. They have all been drawn from the Clark Collections at Mia, the only collection in the world to feature this extraordinary new form.

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    New Boundless Peaks: Ink Paintings by Minol Araki
    Place: Minneapolis Institute of Art - Minneapolis, 2400 Third Avenue South, Minnesota, USA
    Date: Oct 07, 2017 to Jun 24, 2018
    Detail: Renowned as an industrial designer, Minol Araki (1928–2010) was also a prolific painter with a firm grounding in East Asian painting traditions. Born in China to Japanese parents, and active professionally in New York and Taipei, Araki created an immense body of ink paintings that reimagined tradition and straddled East and West.

    This exhibition is organized around five mid-career, large-scale works—monumental compositions, each of which stretches more than 70 feet—depicting landscapes, dragons, snow monkeys, and lotus ponds. Each painting is complemented by early and late works that marry influences as disparate as the eccentric Chinese painter Bada Shanren (c. 1626–1705), the Lithuanian-American artist Ben Shahn (1898–1969), Araki’s mentor, the renowned Chinese traditionalist painter Zhang Daqian (1899–1983), and medieval Japanese Zen painters.


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    New Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs
    Place: The Met Fifth Avenue - New York, 1000 Fifth Avenue, USA
    Date: Oct 11, 2017 to Jan 02, 2018
    Detail: Raghubir Singh (1942–1999) was a pioneer of color street photography who worked and published prolifically from the late 1960s until his death in 1999 at age 56. Born into an aristocratic family in Rajasthan, he lived in Hong Kong, Paris, London, and New York—but his eye was perpetually drawn back to his native India. This retrospective exhibition will situate Singh's photographic work at the intersection of Western modernism and traditional South Asian modes of picturing the world. It will feature 85 photographs by Singh in counterpoint with works by his contemporaries—friends, collaborators, fellow travelers—as well as examples of the Indian court painting styles that inspired him.

    The exhibition will trace the full trajectory of Singh's career from his early work as a photojournalist in the late 1960s through his last unpublished projects of the late 1990s. Using a handheld camera and color slide film, he recorded India's dense milieu in complex frieze-like compositions teeming with incident, fractured by reflections, and pulsating with opulent color. Singh embraced color as part of a continuous Indian aesthetic tradition that reaches back to the miniature paintings of the Mughal period. He was also deeply influenced by the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson (whom he met in Jaipur in 1966), Bengali filmmaker Satyajit Ray, and American street photographers such as William Gedney and Lee Friedlander. As he traveled along his own artistic path, Singh forged a distinctively Indian style of modernist photography that stands, as he put it, "on the Ganges side of modernism."

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    New Centuries of Opulence: Jewels of India
    Place: Gemological Institute of America Museum - Carlsbad, The Robert Mouawad Campus, 5345 Armada Drive, California, USA
    Date: Oct 13, 2017 to Mar 01, 2018
    Detail: Unique exhibit at GIA (Gemological Institute of America) in Carlsbad, California October 13, 2017 – March 1, 2018

    Centuries of Opulence: Jewels of India” features 50 lavish, historical jewelry pieces on loan from a private collection that have rarely been seen in public. Showcasing more than 300 years of adornment in India, the exhibit explores the original sources of the diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires and other gems decorating these pieces, their religious and cultural symbolism, the wars fought for them and the historical tradition of gemology - the study of gems - in India.

    Additional photos, video opportunities and expert interviews available prior to the opening.

    The exhibit opens in conjunction with GIA’s annual Jewelry Career Fair on Friday, October 13 – the one day each year when the public can visit GIA’s world headquarters without a prior appointment.

    The GIA museum in Carlsbad is home to the Institute’s extensive collection of gems, jewelry and minerals. Visit https://www.gia.edu/gia-museum for a full list of exhibits on display.

    An independent nonprofit organization, GIA (Gemological Institute of America) is recognized as the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight. GIA also created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognized by virtually every professional jeweler in the world.

    Through research, education, gemological laboratory services, and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism.


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    New City and Country: Views of Urban and Rural Japan
    Place: Art Institute of Chicago - Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue, USA
    Date: Oct 14, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
    Detail: This selection of early 20th-century prints juxtaposes two sides of modern Japan, reflecting both the appeal of urbanization and the nostalgia it sparked for the serene countryside.


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    New Gods, Companions, and Devotees
    Place: Smithsonian Institution - Washington, D.C., 1050 Independence Ave SW, USA
    Date: Oct 14, 2017 to Mar 31, 2018
    Detail: Hinduism is a living religion with complex roots reaching back more than four thousand years. Its three major deities—the gods Shiva and Vishnu and the goddess with multiple names—each take on many forms. While the religion’s pluralism puzzles some, Hindus suggest that the infinite can be viewed as a diamond with innumerable facets. Acknowledging the power of an individual facet does not deny the validity of other deities, rituals, or beliefs.

    In many Hindu traditions, images of deities are a central focus of worship. Devotion can be expressed through commissioning, adorning, or singing to a god embodied in an image, or by donating the image itself to a temple. Images of divine companions, such as the eagle Garuda, represent ideal devotees and are themselves recipients of worship.

    All gods stand or sit on lotus blossoms, a symbol of purity. Because ornament is auspicious, deities are always well adorned with jewelry. Attributes, such as the god Ganesha’s sweets or Shiva’s third eye, reveal individual personalities and powers.


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    New Subodh Gupta
    Place: Freer Gallery of Art / Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution - Washington, D.C., 1050 Independence Ave SW, USA
    Date: Oct 14, 2017 to Jun 24, 2018
    Detail: Internationally acclaimed artist Subodh Gupta transforms familiar household objects, such as stainless steel and brass vessels often found in India, into wondrous structures. The Freer|Sackler features the artist’s monumental installation Terminal. Composed of towers of brass containers connected by an intricate web of thread, Terminal converts the readymade into a glimmering landscape. Ranging from one to fifteen feet tall, the spires recall architectural features found on religious structures such as churches, temples, and mosques.

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    New Resound: Ancient Bells of China
    Place: Smithsonian Institution - Washington, D.C., 1050 Independence Ave SW, USA
    Date: Oct 14, 2017 to Dec 31, 2019
    Detail: Bells were among the first metal objects created in China. Beginning over 3,500 years ago, small, primitive noisemakers grew into gongs and further evolved into sets of hand bells for playing melodies. Further, centuries of technological experimentation resulted in more sophisticated bells that produced two pitches when struck in different spots.

    Variations in size, shape, decoration, and sound also reveal regional differences across north and south China. By the late Bronze Age large sets of tuned bells were played in ensemble performances in both areas. Cast from bronze, these durable bells preserve valuable information about the character of early Chinese music.

    Today we can use technology to explore these ancient instruments and to explain their acoustical properties, but we know little about the sound of this early music. To bring the bells to life, we commissioned three composers to create soundscapes using the recorded tones of a 2,500-year-old bell set on display. Each of them also produced a video projection to interpret his composition with moving images that allow us to “see sound.”


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    New Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia
    Place: Freer Gallery of Art / Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution - Washington, D.C., 1050 Independence Ave SW, USA
    Date: Oct 14, 2017 to Oct 14, 2020
    Detail: Encounter Buddhist art through the lens of spiritual practice and the perspectives of practitioners. Drawing on the Freer|Sackler’s collections from across Asia, this exhibition expands the understanding of Buddhism in Asian art through both beautiful objects and immersive spaces. Visitors can step into a Tibetan Buddhist shrine, travel the Buddhist world with an eighth-century Korean monk, visit a Sri Lankan stupa, meet teachers and guardians, and discover multiple Buddhas and bodhisattvas. Encountering the Buddha illuminates the ways in which art and place embody and express the teachings of Buddhism.

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    New Takashi Murakami: Lineage of Eccentrics
    Place: Museum of Fine Arts - Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue, Massachusetts, USA
    Date: Oct 18, 2017 to Apr 01, 2018
    Detail: Contemporary works by Takashi Murakami, one of the most imaginative and important artists working today, are juxtaposed with treasures from the MFA’s renowned collection of Japanese art. The exhibition reveals how Murakami’s contemporary vision is richly inflected by a dynamic conversation with the historical past, framed by a creative dialogue with the great Japanese art historian, Professor Nobuo Tsuji. Together, Murakami and Professor Tsuji have chosen the objects on view in the exhibition, including paintings and sculpture created by the artist in direct response to Japanese masterpieces from the MFA’s collection, such as Soga Shōhaku’s 35-foot-long Dragon and Clouds (1763), and the Heiji Scroll (second half of the 13th century)—one of the most famous Japanese works of art outside of Japan.


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    New Out of the Blue: Japanese Indigo Textiles
    Place: Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens - Delray Beach, 4000 Morikami Park Rd., Florida, USA
    Date: Oct 19, 2017 to Jan 21, 2018
    Detail: The use of indigo dye, or aizome, has a long and cherished history in Japan. The deep blue colors for which Japanese textiles are celebrated come from the leaves of the tade ai, a plant introduced to Japan from China in the sixth century. Inexpensive cotton fabric dyed in Japanese indigo, or ai, produced aesthetically pleasing and remarkably durable garments for daily use. Farmers wore indigo-dyed clothes for field work, believing the natural ammonia in indigo warded off mosquitoes and poisonous snakes. Silhouetted against a green rice field, the bent figures of farm men and women dressed in dark blue indigo cotton jackets and trousers became a well-known visual symbol of the textile culture of the common people of Japan. Drawn primarily from the Morikami Museum Collections, this exhibition features a range of indigo-dyed costume and textiles, including kimono, samurai jackets, festival robes, firemen’s coats, futon covers, and wrapping cloths.


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    New Hiroshi Sugimoto: Gates of Paradise
    Place: Japan Society - New York, 333 East 47th Street, USA
    Date: Oct 20, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
    Detail: This fall, explore one of the earliest—and largely forgotten—encounters between Japan and the West in the 16th century, as seen through the eyes of artist Hiroshi Sugimoto. In celebration of Japan Society\'s 110th anniversary, Hiroshi Sugimoto: Gates of Paradise charts the story of four Japanese boys, who were swept up in the tide of religion, commerce and politics during the first Global Age and sent to the princely and papal courts of Europe. Journey in their footsteps through Sugimoto\'s new monumental photographs of the sites they visited, and navigate the germination of cultural exchange between East and West with classical masterpieces of visually hybrid (nanban) art from Japanese and American collections.


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    New Spirited Creatures: Animal Representations in Chinese Silk and Lacquer
    Place: The Met Fifth Avenue - New York, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, USA
    Date: Oct 21, 2017 to Jul 22, 2018
    Detail: This exhibition will explore how real and mythical animals—such as the dragon, unicorn, phoenix, lion, ox, and butterfly—are depicted on luxury materials of late imperial China. Presenting 20 textiles and 50 lacquers spanning several hundred years—from the 13th to the 19th century—the exhibition will highlight the imagery on a wide range of objects: dragon robes, rank badges, and tapestry panels for interior decoration, as well as many different types of lacquer vessels from imperial workshops. The objects are drawn exclusively from The Met collection, and some have not been on display for several decades.


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    New Power in Southeast Asia
    Place: Smithsonian Institution - Washington, D.C., 1050 Independence Ave SW, USA
    Date: Oct 21, 2017 to Nov 18, 2018
    Detail: Through a range of local styles, techniques, and materials, the artworks in this exhibition reveal understandings of power in Southeast Asia. Large and small objects from Cambodia, Indonesia, and Thailand are clustered to explore the powers of warfare, water, snakes, and the feminine. These themes are both culturally specific and universally resonant.

    During the first millennium CE, maritime Southeast Asia became a network of trading polities boasting cosmopolitan emporiums. Inland dynasties established urban capitals. Flourishing during the ninth through the fourteenth century, these cities towered with temples and supported sophisticated courtly cultures. Their rulers fostered innovative artistic and architectural creations that blended imported ideas with local traditions.

    Cities arose at the archaeological areas of Angkor (Cambodia), Prambanan and Majapahit (Indonesia), Bagan (Myanmar), and Si Thep (Thailand). In each place, Buddhist and Hindu schools from India gained traction. Deities including Bhairava, Agastya, and the goddess were worshiped, and potent symbols, such as water and snakes, served as markers of the divine.

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    New Civic Leader and Art Collector: Sallie Casey Thayer and an Art Museum for KU
    Place: Spencer Museum of Art - Lawrence, 1301 Mississippi, St., Kansas, USA
    Date: Oct 28, 2017 to Jan 28, 2018
    Detail: Japanese prints, American paintings, Bohemian glass, ancient Coptic textile fragments, Chinese snuff bottles, glass door pulls, and 19th-century trade and valentine cards are just a few of the objects from around the globe acquired by Kansas City philanthropist Sallie Casey Thayer. Donated to the University of Kansas in 1917, her extensive collection forms the basis of what is today the Spencer Museum of Art. This centenary exhibition celebrates her founding gift and explores Mrs. Thayer’s collecting practices and motivations, in particular her commitment to women and their role in civic affairs and municipal culture.

    Civic Leader and Art Collector will also draw on materials from the Spencer’s archives that document Mrs. Thayer’s correspondence with art dealers. Gallery talks and art activities will hone in on specific art objects and explore what motivated Mrs. Thayer to collect objects from particular regions across the globe.


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    New Kantha: Recycled and Embroidered Textiles of Bengal
    Place: Mingei International Museum - San Diego, Balboa Park, Plaza de Panama, 1439 El Prado, California, USA
    Date: Oct 28, 2017 to Mar 25, 2018
    Detail: This exhibition features approximately 40 kantha from Mingei\'s permanent collection.

    Kantha is a term used across the Indian sub-continent to denote decorative stitched quilting. In Gujarat, hangings patterned with concentric circles or squares in running stitch are known as kanthas, while in Bengal, kanthas are stitched for a variety of purposes, such as winter quilts, covers and wraps for books and valuables or as mats for ceremonial purposes. They are most often given to daughters on the occasion of their marriage, as a token of love, or as a gift for a new-born child or grown son. They are often, as tradition has it, made up of old cast off saris or dhotis. They can be the work of two or more generations of women and are treasured as family heirlooms.


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    New Tiaras to Toe Rings
    Place: Newark Museum - Newark, 49 Washington Street, New Jersey, USA
    Date: Nov 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
    Detail: Throughout human history, the human body has served as a primary canvas onto which each individual and every society strives to distinguish beauty, wealth, social status and personal tastes. Despite sharing the same basic physical space, there is an astounding variety in what different societies emphasize for personal adornment. The value placed on the types of materials used as well as the manner in which those materials decorate the body reveal a splendor of diversity around the world.

    Explore the wonders of jewelry as a window into better understanding extensive trading networks, disparate geographies and diverse cultural viewpoints of numerous nations of Asia both past and present.


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    New Re-Activating Chinese Antiquities
    Place: Newark Museum - Newark, 49 Washington Street, New Jersey, USA
    Date: Nov 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
    Detail: The sophistication of ancient Chinese bronze castings and jade carvings and the evolution of different calligraphic scripts have long fascinated Chinese artists and people world-wide. Indeed one of the greatest continuing obsessions in Chinese art—today as over the past 3,000 years—is striving to pay homage to immense richness of Chinese cultural traditions and their constant re-invention through living artists of each and every era. For example, the so-called ‘hundred treasures’ (baibao) include symbols of ancient bronze forms, jades, stone chimes and emblems of the four scholarly pursuits: calligraphy, poetry, painting and music, to name just a few. Every succeeding period of Chinese history re-creates these honored cultural elements—through courtly arts, decorative arts, religious arts and perhaps most predominately though a scholarly lifestyle of the literati class. In addition to featuring ancient bronze and jade works, this exhibition showcases carvings of ivory, rhinoceros horn, lapis lazuli, malachite, turquoise, amber, amethyst, rock crystal and bamboo as well as ceramics, calligraphy and paintings that exemplify centuries of re-inventing and re-activating the ancient arts of China up to the thriving contemporary arts of the twenty-first century.


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    New New Forms, New Voices: Japanese Ceramics from the Gitter-Yelen Collection
    Place: New Orleans Museum of Art - New Orleans, One Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, Louisiana, USA
    Date: Nov 04, 2017 to May 13, 2018
    Detail: Ceramics have been made in Japan for over 15,000 years. For the first time in over twenty years, NOMA will present an exhibition devoted to modern and contemporary ceramics. New Forms, New Voices: Japanese Ceramics from the Gitter-Yelen Collection will showcase selected works by masters of the medium.


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    New Empress Dowager Cixi: Selections from the Summer Palace
    Place: Bowers Museum - Santa Ana, 2002 North Main Street, California, USA
    Date: Nov 12, 2017 to Mar 11, 2018
    Detail: Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) stands in the center of modern Chinese history. While most commonly understood as a politician, this formidable matriarch was also introduced to Western audience or reader as a connoisseur, patron and even creator of art in the early twentieth century, a phenomenon that interestingly fell unnoticed in modern scholarship.

    This exhibition is the first of its kind in the United States to explore the empress dowager’s roles beyond politics. It has been organized through a groundbreaking partnership with the Summer Palace Museum in Beijing. Upon viewing this exhibition, it will become clear that Cixi not only led politics, but also art of China at the crossroads of tradition and innovation. The exhibition reconstructs the matriarch’s everyday life in the Summer Palace, presenting her multi-faceted roles of politician, matriarch and connoisseur of various arts through four different sections and over 100 objects that have never before been seen in the United States.

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    New Sacred Spaces
    Place: Rubin Museum of Art - New York, 150 West 17th St., USA
    Date: Nov 17, 2017 to Oct 15, 2018
    Detail: What spaces are sacred to you? Some sacred spaces are public, like a religious holy site or your community’s house of worship. Others are private, like a personal sanctuary for finding peace and concentration. Regardless of where they are or what they look like, the relationships we build with these sacred spaces inform how we think about ourselves and relate to the rest of the world.

    The Rubin’s ongoing exhibition Sacred Spaces invites visitors to reflect on devotional activities in awe-inspiring places. This iteration, The Road To…, focuses on the act and action of pilgrimage for the benefit of one’s future self.


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    New Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor in China
    Place: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts - Richmond, 200 N. Boulevard, Virginia, USA
    Date: Nov 18, 2017 to Mar 11, 2018
    Detail: First discovered in 1974 by farmers in China, an underground army of nearly 8,000 life-size terracotta figures is known as one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century. Discovered one mile east of the known burial site of the First Emperor of China (r. 221–210 BC), or Qin Shihuang, the terracotta army was created to accompany the emperor to the afterlife. This exhibition features ten majestic terracotta figures, including a cavalry horse, among 130 works that tell the story of China’s birth and one man’s lasting imprint on a nation.

    The exhibition also features arms and armor, horse and chariot fittings, ritual bronze vessels, works in gold and silver, jade ornaments, precious jewelry, and ceramics. Excavated from the First Emperor’s mausoleum complex, as well as aristocratic and nomadic tombs, the objects date from the Eastern Zhou dynasty (770–256 BC) through the Qin dynasty (221–206 BC) and represent the complex history, myths, and burial customs of ancient China. They also explore the First Emperor’s profound influence on Chinese history.

    Gathered from fourteen museums and archaeological institutes across Shaanxi Province, China, the works provide insights into Qin history, the creation of a unified China, the First Emperor’s rise to power, and his quest for immortality. More than 40 objects in the exhibition have never before been on view in the United States. Terracotta Army is the first exhibition the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has presented in its 80-year history that is devoted to the art and archaeology of ancient China.


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    New Warriors in World War I: Sikh Art and Heritage
    Place: Phoenix Art Museum, The Kaur and Singh Sikh Gallery - Phoenix, 1625 N. Central Avenue, Arizona, USA
    Date: Nov 18, 2017 to Dec 02, 2018
    Detail: To commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the armistice treaty that ended World War I, Warriors in World War I: Sikh Art and Heritage will present a selection of photographs, lithographs, postcards and military medals that document the crucial presence of Sikh warriors in the British Indian Army. Though Sikhs constituted only 1% of the Indian population at the time, they counted for more than 20% of the Indian army, which fought for the British Empire in Egypt, Palestine, Mesopotamia, Turkey, France, Germany, Belgium and Britain. Their valor was recognized by many, including historian F. Yeats Brown, who said, “…[Sikh warriors] live up to their title of the Singh, which means lion.”

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    New Sacred Realms: Temple Murals by Shashi Dhoj Tulachan From the Gayle and Edward P. Roski Collection
    Place: Bowers Museum - Santa Ana, 2002 North Main Street, California, USA
    Date: Dec 01, 2017 to Mar 01, 2018
    Detail: The nine oversized paintings shown in this exhibition are all the work of one extraordinary 69-year-old Buddhist monk named Shashi Dhoj Tulachan, a second generation thangka artist living

    in Tuksche, a remote village located in Mustang, Nepal\'s northernmost district adjacent to Tibet.

    Shashi Dhoj Tulachan has devoted much of his life to the restoration of a nearby 16th century gompa (Tibetan monastery) known as the Chhairo Gompa.

    He is part of a local initiative, the Kali Gandaki Foundation Trust, which is dedicated to raising money to preserve the Chhairo Gompa.

    The practice of thangka painting is centuries old and is an art carried out by highly trained monks for the purpose of teaching about Buddha and the tenets of the Buddhist religion. The overwhelming amount of detailed imagery in each painting includes deities, mythologies, and the use of repeated and abstracted design. For those seeking enlightenment, thangka paintings exist as objects of meditation.

    The paintings in this collection are not thangkas in the traditional sense. Thangkas are usually much smaller and are rolled on canvas so that they can be easily transported and hung anywhere for teaching. The thangkas exhibited here are similar in size to mural paintings found in monasteries. These paintings also deviate from the rules for the creation of a thangka where the exact use of color, shape, proportion, characteristics and qualities of the imagery are all strictly regulated.

    Shashi Dhoj Tulachan has painted this set of images by combining the traditional motifs of one of the foremost schools recognized by high-level monks in Tibet today, the Tibetan Karma Ghadri School, with images that are purely and cleverly of his imagination. The vibrant colors he used are made from natural mineral pigments


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    New Ahmed Mater: Mecca Journeys
    Place: Brooklyn Museum - Brooklyn, 200 Eastern Parkway, New York, USA
    Date: Dec 01, 2017 to Apr 08, 2018
    Detail: Ahmed Mater: Mecca Journeys takes visitors through the holiest city in the Islamic world. It presents a compelling portrait of the massive urban redevelopment now under way and its effects on residents and the millions of hajj pilgrims who travel there every year. Saudi artist Ahmed Mater has documented this unprecedented expansion for nearly a decade.

    The exhibition is anchored by monumental photographs from his project Desert of Pharan: Unofficial Histories Behind the Mass Expansion of Mecca, alongside large-scale videos and installations. In addition to showing the influx of wealth, photographs detail the lives of workers on construction sites and of migrant groups.

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    New Highlights from the Asian Collection
    Place: Harn Museum of Art - Gainesville, 3259 Hull Road, Florida, USA
    Date: Dec 05, 2017 to Jun 03, 2018
    Detail: ABC: Art by the Letter highlights the Harn’s diverse collecting areas through an alphabetical exploration of subject matter, medium and formal elements. Favorite and lesser-known works illustrate the visual and phonetic connections to the English language and alphabet. From alligator to zig-zag, this exhibition will delight children, families and the young-at-heart.

    Artists represented in the exhibition include Milton Avery, Mathew Brady, Utagawa Hiroshige, Jacob Lawrence, Louise Nevelson, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Jamini Roy, and Jerry Uelsmann, among others. Forty-six works in a variety of media represent the twenty-six letters in the alphabet and are drawn from all Harn collecting areas--African, Asian, Modern, Contemporary, Photography, Ancient American, Oceanic, and Prints & Drawings before 1850.


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    New Traces of the Past and Future: Fu Shen’s Paintings and Calligraphy
    Place: Asian Art Museum - San Francisco, 200 Larkin St, California, USA
    Date: Dec 05, 2017 to Sep 02, 2018
    Detail: Fu Shen works at the intersection of landscape, calligraphy, poetry, ceramics and even memoir. A scholar, teacher and curator, Fu has realized his own distinct artistic voice after decades of study. Celebrated for bringing out the painterly quality of calligraphy and weaving his own narrative into ethereal landscapes, Fu both honors and extends the tradition of Chinese ink art.


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    New Winds From Fusang: Mexico And China In The Twentieth Century
    Place: USC Pacific Asia Museum - Pasadena, 46 N Los Robles Ave, California, USA
    Date: Dec 08, 2017 to Jun 01, 2018
    Detail: Artist collection exhibit showcasing the relationship between Mexican and Chinese artists.

    Winds from Fusang: Mexico and China in the Twentieth Century is the first major exhibition on the heretofore unexamined influence of Mexican art and artists on the development of art in China in the twentieth century. The exhibition, its accompanying publication, and dynamic public programs will present the trans-Pacific ties between the creative communities of Mexico and China in the last century.

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    New Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha
    Place: Smithsonian Institution - Washington, D.C., 1050 Independence Ave SW, USA
    Date: Dec 09, 2017 to Jun 10, 2018
    Detail: Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha unites the only sixth- and seventh-century, life-size Chinese lacquer buddha sculptures known: one from the Walters Art Museum, one from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and one from the Freer Gallery of Art. They have never been exhibited together before.

    The exhibition explores how the sculptures were made, giving new insights into these deceptively simple objects. It also highlights how science can contribute to understanding art. The Freer|Sackler Department of Conservation and Scientific Research’s experts used specialized equipment and new methods to analyze the sculptures, exposing microscopic details. Find out what tree species the lacquer came from, what type of burnt bone was mixed in, and other unexpected discoveries.

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    New Wu Bin: Ten Views of a Lingbi Stone
    Place: LACMA - Los Angeles, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., California, USA
    Date: Dec 10, 2017 to Jun 24, 2018
    Detail: In ancient China strange and marvelous stones were valued for their beauty and as reflections of the hidden structures underlying the universe. Stones were seen as fluid and dynamic, constantly changing, and capable of magical transformations. Certain stones were believed to be able to speak, to emit clouds and rain, to predict the weather, to move about of their own accord, and to heal. Fantastic stones were perceived as mountains in miniature, imbued with the same primordial energies that made up peaks sacred to both Daoist and Buddhist traditions. Like the human body, stones were believed to be born, to live, and to die, just as were mountains themselves.

    The exhibition focuses on the most extraordinary painting of a stone ever created in China: Wu Bin’s Ten Views of a Lingbi Stone (1610), a Ming dynasty handscroll comprising 10 separate views of a single stone from the famous site of Lingbi, Anhui Province. Also including superb examples of Lingbi and Taihu stones and contemporary Chinese ink paintings depicting stones, this exhibition explores the history of collecting strange stones in China and the relationship between stones, Daoist cosmology, and classical Chinese poetry.


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    New Opening - Metallic Sparks: Special Group Show feat. Jewelry+Art
    Place: Onishi Gallery - New York, 521 West 26th Street, Basement, New York, USA
    Date: Dec 12, 2017 to Jan 31, 2018
    Detail: \'Metallic Sparks\'
    Exhibition Dates: December 12, 2017 – January 31, 2018
    Opening Reception: Thursday, December 14, 2017, 6-8pm
    Location: Onishi Gallery, 521 W. 26th Street, New York City
    Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm

    Onishi Gallery is proud to present \'Metallic Sparks\', a special group show featuring metalwork, paintings, sculpture, and fine art jewelry, all uniquely enhanced with precious metals in their concept and design. This sparkling winter show highlights the work of Onishi Gallery’s represented artists, Japanese talents across art media and time periods.

    Among the exhibiting artists are Shun Sudo, Yusuke Ochiai, Nagai Megumi, and NAOYA, each of whom incorporates metallic sparks into the concept as well as into the material of their pieces. Shun Sudo creates gold butterfly paintings using gold ink, a color that he associates with energy, and his many gold butterflies, in turn, create a kaleidoscope of positive energy. Yusuke Ochiai paints images of a fantastical figure name POI who spreads sparks of love throughout the world. Nagai Megumi masters the art of makie, a traditional Japanese lacquer painting technique that requires the sprinkling of gold and silver powder to decorate wood. And NAOYA sculpts small figurines who live in POLYKANTEN, an imaginary universe, blanketed by shining stars.

    In addition to these innovative artists, the exhibition showcases the metalwork art of Osumi Yukie, currently the only female Japanese “Living National Treasure,” among other groundbreaking metal artists working in silver, gold, and more. Further, on display will be cutting-edge examples of jewelry artwork, a creative genre of wearable metalwork. Japanese ceramic artist Tomoko Konno and French artist Tzuri Gueta collaborate to create a silicon necklace chain with a colored porcelain pendant that resembles an exotic plant or sea creature. Iconic silversmith Michael Izrael Galmer designs a silver purse that pushes the boundaries of form and function. Whether crafted for profound, playful, or practical purposes, the artworks in this exhibition sparkle with creativity. Each piece illustrates how strong yet elusive fine metals can be, enduring and beautiful, special and rare.

    Featuring Local and International Jewelry Designers:
    Kim Paddon of Sparkes Design https://sparkesdesign.com/
    Tzuri Gueta of Tzuri Gueta Paris https://tzurigueta.com/
    Emily Satloff of Larkspur & Hawk https://larkspurandhawk.com/
    Mallary Marks of Mallary Marks NY http://mallarymarksny.com/
    Michael Izrael Galmer of Galmer Fine Silver http://www.galmer.com/

    Featuring Onishi Gallery Represented Artists:
    Shun Sudo
    http://onishigallery.com/shun-sudo
    Yusuke Ochiai
    http://onishigallery.com/yusuke-ochiai
    Tomoko Konno
    http://onishigallery.com/konno-tomoko
    NAOYA
    http://onishigallery.com/naoya
    Nagai Megumi
    http://onishigallery.com/megumi-nagai
    Osumi Yukie
    http://onishigallery.com/osumi-yukie

    For more information, contact Nana Onishi at 212-695-8035, or, [email protected] Or visit our website at www.onishigallery.com

    Also, be sure to check out Pop Up Group Exhibition \'INTUITION\' curated by Stefania Carrozzini of Mymicrogallery which will open on the same date and time. Exhibition Dates are December 12 – 23, 2017.
    For more information: http://onishiproject.com/updates/intuition

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    New Crowns of the Vajra Masters: Ritual Art of Nepal
    Place: The Met Fifth Avenue - New York, 1000 Fifth Avenue, USA
    Date: Dec 16, 2017 to Dec 16, 2018
    Detail: The single most potent symbol of Buddhist ritual as performed in Nepal is the Vajracarya priest\'s crown. Five examples presented in this exhibition will create a cosmic field into which viewers will enter, encircled by paintings of ritual performance. The exhibition is occasioned by the recent acquisition of a superb early Vajracarya crown dating to the 13th or early 14th century; this will be joined by an 18th-century crown already in the collection and two others recently discovered in the Department of Arms and Armor. Bronze and wooden ritual utensils, Nepalese cloth paintings, and archival photographs of ritual enactment will complete the exhibition.


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    New Linking Asia: Art, Trade, And Devotion
    Place: Denver Art Museum - Denver, 100 W 14th Avenue Pkwy, Colorado, USA
    Date: Dec 17, 2017 to Apr 01, 2018
    Detail: Explore how trade routes inspired and influenced art over time and across the Asian continent. Linking Asia: Art, Trade, and Devotion will feature approximately 150 sculptures, ceramics, textiles, scrolls, and other multi-dimensional works from 20 countries that span 2,000 years.

    Linking Asia will dive deeper into the exchange of ideas, beliefs, and techniques along the Silk Road trade routes, which profoundly affected the development of Asian art. The presentation will consider themes such as artistic inspiration and cross-cultural hybridization of styles, trade by land and sea, ink art trends in East Asia, and religious links before the twentieth century.


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    New Landscape Prints by Keisai Eisen
    Place: Honolulu Museum of Art - Honolulu, 900 S. Beretania, Hawaii, USA
    Date: Dec 21, 2017 to Feb 25, 2018
    Detail: While primarily remembered for his portraits of women, particularly the sumptuously dressed courtesans of the Yoshiwara brothel district, the prolific woodblock print designer Keisai Eisen (1790–1848) also produced numerous landscapes throughout his career. A clear influence upon the artist was Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858), so much so that Eisen’s vistas are often mistaken for those of his contemporary. Nevertheless, his profound skill at depicting figures in action and creating dramatic mood through the use of lighting is entirely unique. The works displayed here testify that, alongside both Hiroshige and Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849), Eisen was one of the most formidable Japanese landscape artists of the 19th century.


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    New Mizusashi: Japanese Water Jars from the Carol and Jeffrey Horvitz Collection
    Place: Minneapolis Institute of Art - Minneapolis, 2400 Third Avenue South, Minnesota, USA
    Date: Dec 23, 2017 to May 13, 2018
    Detail:mizusashi is a utensil used in the Japanese tea ceremony, a tradition with medieval origins that is still widely practiced today. In a tea gathering, a host prepares bowls of tea by whisking together powdered green tea and hot water drawn from a kettle. The mizusashi, typically an earthenware or stoneware jar, holds the water used to replenish the kettle and rinse the bowls. The first utensil to enter the room and the last to leave, the mizusashiis a locational and aesthetic anchor for the gathering and can take a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and appearances. This selection of 20th- and 21st-century mizusashi highlights two important trends—the perpetuation of longstanding tea traditions alongside the artistry and technical excellence that define modern Japanese ceramics. This exhibition is complemented by a selection of Japanese tea utensils from the turn of the 17th century, on view in Gallery 224


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    New Pure Amusements: Chinese Scholar Culture And Emulators
    Place: Seattle Art Museum - Seattle, 1300 First Avenue, Washington, USA
    Date: Dec 31, 2017 to Mar 31, 2018
    Detail: Pure Amusements: Wealth, Leisure, and Culture in Late Imperial China features Chinese works ranging from prints to sculpture and furnishings to ceramics drawn from SAM\'s collection and focused on objects created for, and enjoyed during, the intentional practice of leisure.

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    New Just Dandy: Japanese Gentlemen's Accessories
    Place: The Nippon Gallery at the Nippon Club Tower - New York, 145 West 57th Street, USA
    Date: Jan 25, 2018 to Feb 21, 2018

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    New Debating Art: Chinese Intellectuals at the Crossroads
    Place: Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University - Ithaca, 114 Central Avenue, New York, USA
    Date: Feb 02, 2018 to Jul 08, 2018
    Detail: Paintings and calligraphy by leading Chinese intellectuals engaged in political discussion through art during the early twentieth century, including work by Hu Shih, a student at Cornell from 1910 to 1914.


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    New The Second Buddha: Master of Time
    Place: The Rubin Museum of Art - New York, 150 West 17th St., USA
    Date: Feb 02, 2018 to Jan 07, 2019
    Detail: In 2018, the future will be both present and projected from the past at the Rubin Museum of Art, with a new exhibition that will tell the story of the legendary Indian master Padmasambhava. Celebrated by Tibetans as “The Second Buddha,” Padmasambhava, the Lotus Born, is believed to have been instrumental in converting the land and people of Tibet to Buddhism. His legends carry universal relevance about triumph over obstacles, the power of human emotions, transformation, impermanence, achieving liberation from life and death, and notions of time — all of which transcend specific cultures and eras.

    The Second Buddha will bring together 40 works of art from the 13th to 20th centuries with interactive technology. Central to the exhibition will be themes of the interconnected nature of past and future as the basis for constructing identity and projecting teachings into the future. It is said that in the past Padmasambhava concealed his teachings, known as Treasure Teachings, throughout the Tibetan landscape to be discovered by foretold disciples at opportune times in the future. To parallel such discoveries, visitors will engage with select objects to reveal their hidden meaning and content. As one of the methods for revealing that which is hidden, visitors will use Augmented Reality (AR) tablets. The exhibition will also be activated by other interactive technology and performances, which will bring the narratives to life and let visitors consider mechanisms of storytelling that touch on the themes of the exhibition, the past, the present, and ways of enabling the future.


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    New Diamond Mountains: Travel and Nostalgia in Korean Art
    Place: The Met Fifth Avenue - New York, 1000 Fifth Avenue, USA
    Date: Feb 07, 2018 to May 20, 2018
    Detail: The Diamond Mountains—perhaps the most famous and emotionally resonant site on the Korean peninsula—is the theme of this international loan exhibition. Though the region has inspired cultural pride since ancient times, its location in what is today North Korea has kept it largely inaccessible in modern times. Featuring nearly 30 works—from delicately painted scrolls and screens to monumental modern and contemporary art—the exhibition will present the visual imagery of this iconic site from the 18th century to the present. Among the highlights is a designated Treasure from the National Museum of Korea: an album by Jeong Seon (1676–1759), who revolutionized Korean painting. Most of the objects on view have never before been displayed in the United States.


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    New Art Of The Mountain: Through The Chinese Photographer’s Lens
    Place: China Institute - New York, 100 Washington Street, USA
    Date: Feb 08, 2018 to Dec 02, 2018
    Detail: Mountains, in Chinese legends, are the pillars that hold up the sky. Mountains were seen as places that nurture life. Their veneration took the form of rituals, retreat from social society, and aesthetic appreciation through the art of their vast beauty – some of the many ways that nature played and continues to play a defining role in Chinese culture. The exhibition, consisting of three sections with over 70 photographs by more than 20 contemporary photographers, will present the geography, history, culture, life, and art that is associated with or derived from mountains. The Lofty Mountains: The Famous Mountains of China will introduce the geography, history, legends, and cultures that are associated with famous Chinese mountains; The Pure Sound of Landscape: The Mountains and Chinese Landscape Aesthetic will introduce the renowned Chinese landscape painting aesthetic and how it influenced contemporary photography; and The New Landscape Photography will showcase artists using photography and post-photographic visual effects to express their thoughts on the role of mountains in society.

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    New A Lost Future
    Place: The Rubin Museum of Art - New York, 150 West 17th St., USA
    Date: Feb 23, 2018 to Jan 28, 2019
    Detail: In the Otolith Group’s transtemporal consideration of modernity in urban India, the narrator questions, “Why do Indian artists produce so little science fiction?” The reply: “Satyajit Ray’s film The Alien would have rendered this question void. It is this emptiness that allows a nostalgia for a lost future.”

    The three-part exhibition A Lost Future challenges existing histories and speculative futures across cultures and in Bengal—a culturally rich region divided between present-day India and Bangladesh. The three contemporary artists featured in the exhibition—Shezad Dawood, the Otolith Group, and Matti Braun—engage an evocative range of mediums that spans virtual reality to an immersive lake along with painting, film, sculpture, and photography. Through rich storytelling, A Lost Future explores themes of virtuality, modernity, and world-making in ways that are universal as well as interconnected and specific to this region.

    A Lost Future presents still works by all three artists throughout the run, while the central cove will rotate to highlight each one individually.

    A Lost Future: Shezad Dawood (February 23–May 18, 2018) features an interactive virtual reality experience of the Indian hill station Kalimpong, linking a haunting nostalgic portal to a future alternative reality. Expanding on some of the sites and stories in Dawood’s paintings and sculptures on view, the virtual reality work allows visitors to travel from the mythic Himalayan Hotel into the mountains, an adjacent monastery, and beyond.

    A Lost Future: The Otolith Group (June 1–September 17, 2018) presents the world premiere of the Turner Prize–nominated filmmakers’ new work on the past, present, and future of the Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s radical, pioneering art school Kala Bhavan in Santiniketan, as well as a selection of earlier films, including their “premake” of Ray’s unmade film The Alien, titled Otolith III (2009).

    A Lost Future: Matti Braun (October 5, 2018–January 28, 2019)transforms the central gallery into an immersive lake that visitors can traverse. R.T., S.R., V.S. (2003–present) references the lotus pond in the first scene of Ray’s The Alien,in which a friendly, catalytic alien from another time and place lands in a village. It also draws inspiration from the first scene in Steven Spielberg’s E.T., which may have been directly influenced by Ray’s script.


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    New From the Lands of Asia: The Sam and Myrna Myers Collection
    Place: Kimbell Art Museum - Fort Worth, 3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Texas, USA
    Date: Mar 04, 2018 to Aug 19, 2018
    Detail: When Americans Samuel and Myrna Myers visited Paris in the mid-1960s, they became so enamored with the city that they decided to make their home there. This was where they built an extraordinary collection that until now has never been exhibited publicly. Over the course of more than 40 years, the Myers assembled some 5,000 works of art that, together, offer a very personal vision of the world of Asian art. This exhibition will present over 400 objects selected from this remarkable collection, with works representing key periods in the history of the art of China, Japan, Tibet, Mongolia, Korea and Vietnam.

    The exhibition revolves around a passion for Asia and covers a broad historical range, from the Neolithic era to modern times. The objects are also highly varied in nature, from porcelain, ivory, and precious stones such as jade and rock crystal to Buddhist art and textiles and stunning costumes from Central Asia, Tibet, China and Japan. Each treasure is exceptional in its shape, rarity, quality, function or inherent message. The exhibition recounts fascinating historical events through themes such as the symbolism of Chinese jade, the trade in blue-and-white porcelain, Buddhism, Noh theater, the Japanese samurai, the tea ceremony, the art of writing and the place of women. The astonishing array of outstanding works of art in the Myers collection is testimony to Asia\'s rich cultural heritage and unique customs and offers a broad panorama of Asian history in all its beauty and diversity.


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    New Dramatic Threads: Textiles of Asia
    Place: Newark Museum - Newark, 49 Washington Street, New Jersey, USA
    Date: Mar 14, 2018 to Feb 15, 2019
    Detail: Featuring theatrical and political costumes as well as architectural and decorative textiles from diverse areas of Asia — Dramatic Threads: Textiles of Asia will showcase works that display a wide range of techniques. Different embroidery stitches may be read like a signature to unveil where they were made. Woven textiles reflect diverse making methods ranging from virtuoso brocades and slit-tapestry to twill and plain weaves. The materials used—gold, silk, wool, cotton—all unlock regional access to resources weighing local production compared to luxury imports. Cultural preferences for specific color palates and subject matter intertwine with these resources and underscore distinct regional histories.

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    New The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative: Final Exhibition
    Place: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum - New York, 1071 Fifth Avenue, USA
    Date: May 04, 2018 to Jul 04, 2018
    Detail: The third and final exhibition of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative will present new commissions by artists born in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, or Macao. Launched in 2013, the initiative engages artists, scholars, and curators from around the world to bring intersecting regional and global conversations and contemporary practices to the fore. Through the selection of key artists, practices, and issues arising from across Greater China, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative strengthens the Guggenheim’s collegial network among the Chinese art community and expands the discourse and investigation of contemporary art today.


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    New Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors
    Place: The Cleveland Museum of Art - Cleveland, 11150 East Boulevard, Ohio, USA
    Date: Jul 07, 2018 to Sep 30, 2018
    Detail: Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors is a celebration of the legendary Japanese artist\'s 65-year career, covering every aspect of the artist\'s oeuvre from her early paintings to her widely admired participatory installations. Visitors have the unprecedented opportunity to discover six of Kusama\'s captivating Infinity Mirror Rooms alongside a selection of her other key works, including a number of paintings from her most recent series, My Eternal Soul, making its US debut. From her radical performances in the 1960s, when she staged underground polka-dot \"Happenings\" on the streets of New York, to her latest Infinity Mirror Room, All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins (2016), the exhibition showcases Kusama\'s full range of talent. Don\'t miss this unforgettable sensory journey through the mind and legacy of one of the world\'s most popular artists.


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    New Vis à Vis: Asia Meets Europe
    Place: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Berlin, Matthäikirchplatz, Germany
    Date: May 12, 2017 to Apr 30, 2019

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    New South Asian Design
    Place: Manchester Art Gallery - Manchester, Mosley Street, United Kingdom
    Date: May 19, 2017 to May 27, 2018
    Detail: Exploring how South Asian traditional crafts are inspiring exciting contemporary art, design and fashion.


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    New Afghanistan-Slovene Views
    Place: Slovene Ethnographic Museum - Ljubljana, Metelkova ulica 2, Slovenia
    Date: May 25, 2017 to Mar 30, 2018
    Detail: The exhibition opens up new views of the land of Afghanistan, its rich cultural history and heritage, although the decades of conflict that began in the late 1970s have dramatically reshaped its cultural landscape and affected its people. The exhibition has been prepared by Ralf Čeplak Mencin, MA, the curator for Asia, Oceania and Australia at the Slovene Ethnographic Museum

    The stories of more than twenty Slovenes who travelled in Afghanistan in the early 1960s when it was still a peaceful, open country and others who visited later, right up until today, are presented in the exhibition through photographs, memories and objects from their private collections.

    The almost 400 exhibited items include a collection of objects testifying to the different cultural traditions in Afghanistan in the 19th and 20th centuries, borrowed from the Museum of Asia and the Pacific in Warsaw. These include musical instruments, clothes and head coverings, jewellery, weapons, carpets and paintings.


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    New Creative impression: Japanese woodblock prints from the 1950s-60s
    Place: Östasiatiska Museet - Stockholm, Tyghusplan, 111, Sweden
    Date: Jun 27, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
    Detail: In the permanent Japan exhibition at the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, objects and images tell a story of the country\'s history and peoples. There is also a gallery that gives visitors a unique opportunity to create smaller displays of light-sensitive and fragile items that can only be exhibited for a limited time.

    For six months, we have placed a small selection of woodcut from the 1950s to 1960s on view. These are the kind commonly known as \"creative prints\" (sōsaku hanga). This type of woodcut is especially known from the early 1900s to the 1960s.

    In the majority of the production of woodblock prints, artists collaborated with publishers, printers and wood block carvers; and the artist participated in the design. Artists in the \"creative print\" movement, however, often often carved, and sometimes even printed, their own works. Many of them use the woodcut technique in a personal and expressive way. Usually, sōsaku hanga-artists are educated in Western art techniques and sometimes work with Western printing techniques. Several have been successful in overseas, especially in America. Some work abstract, others imaginative. Sōsaku hanga-artists\' pictures are borne out of Japanese culture, but are equally part of the global art world, sometimes strikingly contemporary.

    In this exhibition it is now is possible to see works by famous artists such as Maki Haku (1924-2000), Ryuji Kosaka (1912-1972) and Saitō Kiyoshi (1907-1997).


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    New Old Traditions, New Visions: Art in India and Pakistan after 1947
    Place: Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford - Oxford, Beaumont Street, United Kingdom
    Date: Sep 15, 2017 to Mar 18, 2018
    Detail: After the political freedom gained in 1947, Indian and Pakistani artists faced a significant challenge to express the new nations’ distinctive character and visions. Artists sought new modes of expression, engaging with the modern European art movements but remaining oriented toward their own traditions.


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    New Nomadic Artefacts: Historical Objects from Mongolia
    Place: Museum of Ethnology Hamburg - Hamburg, Rothenbaumchaussee 64, Germany
    Date: Sep 22, 2017 to Jan 21, 2018
    Detail: Nomadic Artefacts attempts to interweave and present the movements of ethnographic objects from Mongolia through various socio-political and institutional spaces. Their transfer between Asia and Europe, Mongolia, Vienna and Hamburg is recorded – it indicates the transnational interweaving of object histories and museums with their mutual relations and influences.

    The research project leading to the exhibition follows and examines the movements of artefacts, in this case Mongolian ritual objects, through various spatial, socio-political and institutional contexts. The topography and the “knowledge” of these things are interwoven with cultural transfers between Europe and Asia, with Viennese and Mongolian science and museum history and practice, with the impacts of political suppression and democracy processes in Mongolia, and with modes of human-object interactions and the power of things.


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    New Alice Boner in India - A Life for Art
    Place: Rietberg Museum - Zürich, Gablerstrasse 15, Switzerland
    Date: Sep 23, 2017 to Jan 14, 2018
    Detail: The exhibition presents one of the most unusual Swiss female artists of the twentieth century: Alice Boner (1889–1981) spent more than four decades of her life in the Indian city Varanasi, where she worked asan artist, patron of the arts and art historian. The exhibition provides a fascinating insight into the many facets of the life of a woman who was at home in two cultures.


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    New Resilience within the Rubble: Reconstructing the Kasthamandap and its past after the 2015 Nepal Earthquake
    Place: Durham University Oriental Museum - Durham, Elvet Hill Rd, United Kingdom
    Date: Sep 29, 2017 to Jan 28, 2018
    Detail: The 2015 earthquake that struck Nepal, not only caused human devastation, but was also a cultural catastrophe. It damaged and destroyed much of Nepal’s unique cultural heritage, including monuments within the UNESCO Kathmandu Valley World Heritage Site.

    In 2015 a Durham University led team, in partnership with UNESCO and the Department of Archaeology, Government of Nepal, undertook a season of post-disaster archaeological assessment of earthquake damaged monuments within the UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the nationally important and symbolic Kasthamandap. They returned to complete their work on the site in November and December 2016 with the support of the National Geographic Society and a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Global Challenges Research Fund.

    This photographic exhibition will tell the story of the Kasthamandap, from its origins to its collapse to its renewal. Illustrated through archive photographic collections and the personal testimonies and photographs of first responders and Nepali heritage professionals, it will be interwoven with photographs of recent discoveries made during excavation by the Durham-led team.


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    New An Indian Apartheid: Adivasis and Dalits in Contemporary India
    Place: Brunei Gallery, SOAS University of London - London, 10 Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, United Kingdom
    Date: Oct 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017

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    New Contemporary Japanese Tea Wares
    Place: Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford - Oxford, Beaumont Street, United Kingdom
    Date: Oct 03, 2017 to Jan 31, 2018
    Detail: The preparation of tea in a formal \'ceremony\' has been practiced in Japan since the 1400s. This display is one of several events organised at the Ashmolean for the international Arethé Festival, which spotlights the arts of Japanese tea today.


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    New Faces of China. Chinese Portrait Painting of the Ming and Qing Dynasty (1368–1912)
    Place: Museum für Asiatische Kunst - Berlin, Kulturforum, Matthäikirchplatz, Germany
    Date: Oct 12, 2017 to Jan 07, 2018
    Detail: Faces of China: Chinese Portrait Painting of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368–1912) will be the first exhibition in Europe to explicitly focus on Chinese portrait painting. Portrait painting has a history of over 2000 years in China. In the period from 1600 to 1900 it experienced a heyday, stimulated by the arrival of Italian Jesuit painters around 1600, bringing with them European portrait-painting techniques. Presenting an unparalleled selection of over 100 portraits from the collections of the Palace Museum in Beijing and the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the exhibition covers a span of 500 years, focusing particularly on the Qing dynasty. During this period portraiture reached a previously unknown level of variety, encompassing formal court and ancestor portraits, military portraits, and informal portraits of artists, officials and talented women.

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    New Imagining the Divine: Art and the Rise of World Religions
    Place: Ashmolean Museum - Oxford, Beaumont Street, United Kingdom
    Date: Oct 19, 2017 to Feb 18, 2018
    Detail: Exploring Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism, this major exhibition will be the first to look at the art of the five world religions as they spread across continents in the first millennium AD.

    On display will be remarkable objects created when the iconography of each religion was still being developed. Art and imagery were central to the spread of these systems of belief, and the visual identity of each religion was formed by encounters and interactions between different faiths and other traditions.

    This exhibition will bring to light brand new research from a major project conducted in partnership between the British Museum and University of Oxford, generously funded by the Leverhulme Trust.


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    New Pop-Up World: Narratives
    Place: Weltmuseum Wien - Vienna, Heldenplatz, Austria
    Date: Oct 25, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
    Detail: The reopening of the Weltmuseum Wien is accompanied by an innovative book about the Museum. The exhibition Pop-Up World: Narratives turns part of this book into a real-life experience. Sets of several objects are arranged into individual narratives. The range of themes stretches from traditional ethnography to art history, from historical backgrounds of object acquisitions to the beliefs of various world religions, and from collectors and their personalities to the tensions between \"us\" and \"others\".


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    New South Seas: Encounters with Paradise Lost
    Place: Weltmuseum Wien - Vienna, Heldenplatz, Austria
    Date: Oct 25, 2017 to Mar 30, 2018
    Detail: Long before European ships of discovery ventured into Pacific waters, seafarers from East and Southeast Asia explored the seemingly paradisiacal South Seas. In a number of waves of migration, they settled with their families in Australia as well as the island worlds of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.

    European marine expeditions in the modern period not only had as their goal the discovery and development of unknown regions of the world, they were also precursors of the colonial conquest of the world. Four expeditions to the South Seas, journeys with which the history of Austrian museums is closely connected, tell the story of eventful encounters with the inhabitants of the Pacific islands. These relationships were characterised by dignified receptions, esteem and respect, but also by conflicts, hostility, and death. Numerous objects of daily life, adornment, and ritual recall the first contacts, active bartering, and mutual hospitality, yet also violence, resistance and centuries of foreign interference.

    Daily except Wednesday
    10 am to 6 pm

    Friday
    until 9 pm

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    New Fascinated by Indonesia
    Place: Weltmuseum Wien - Vienna, Heldenplatz, Austria
    Date: Oct 25, 2017 to Mar 30, 2018
    Detail: Indonesia – the vast archipelago in the Far East has a name to conjure with for many people. The Dutch writer Multatuli (Eduard Douwes Dekker, 1820–1887) used to call the 18,000 islands “The Emerald of the Equator”. Island dreams of such glamour have been woven together with the stories and experiences of the individuals portrayed in this gallery.

    Their experiences enable us to trace back the relations between Indonesia and Austria almost 150 years. Each of them portrays the country at a certain time in history. They are individual snapshots, moments recorded in their respective societies. The life of the painter Raden Saleh, for example, tells a story of colonialism, and the back and forth between two worlds, while Austrian Consul Johann Schild rather foregrounds his love, fascination and interest in the country. Entrepreneur Helene Potjewijd sells a piece of Balinese paradise to tourists, whereas Indonesian curator Jani Kuhnt-Saptodewo deciphers key symbols of Indonesian society in batik fabrics.

    Daily except Wednesday
    10 am to 6 pm

    Friday
    until 9 pm

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    New At the Threshold of the Orient
    Place: Weltmuseum Wien - Vienna, Heldenplatz, Austria
    Date: Oct 25, 2017 to Mar 31, 2018
    Detail: “Asia begins to the south-east of Vienna.” This saying is attributed to Prince Metternich, statesman in the service of the Habsburgs. Vienna, a city on the border of Europe and Asia; to the east and as a counterpart to the civilised occident, the Orient - both menacing and alluring.

    Encounters between these worlds, artificially divided into Occident and Orient, are characterised by fear and attraction. People transfer their own sensitivities and desires onto that which is new and unfamiliar. Sometimes they might even find it intoxicated by it, until one day unexpected sides of the opposing culture reveal themselves, and admiration turns into contempt.

    Objects from daily life reflect the commercial and cultural attitudes of Vienna towards the immediately adjacent Orient. Souvenirs and the biographies of individual collectors provide a narrative of the multifaceted contacts between Vienna and the east, from the Biedermeier period until the beginning of the 20th century.

    Daily except Wednesday
    10 am to 6 pm

    Friday
    until 9 pm

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    New A Village in the Mountains
    Place: Weltmuseum Wien - Vienna, Heldenplatz, Austria
    Date: Oct 25, 2017 to Mar 31, 2018
    Detail: This gallery offers the opportunity to take part in the life of the residents of a Himalayan Buddhist village. Participating in the life of “others” also means asking questions of oneself: Where is the centre of my life? Who do I share it with? Why do I leave it? Where do I work? How do I view my environment? Which gods do I believe in and where do I encounter them? And perhaps the most fundamental of all questions: How do I explain the world to myself?

    The model staging of a village in the mountains reveals how the residents of such a village answer these questions. This schematic representation focuses on the relationships between individuals living and working in different places. Some live in the house in a village and work in the surrounding fields, some on pastures higher up the mountain, others as monks or nuns in a monastery, and very few are drawn to a solitary and ascetic life in the mountains. Particular attention is dedicated to the intertwining of religious beliefs and profane actions. It is this connection that unlocks the meaning of the world for those living in the Himalayas.

    Daily except Wednesday
    10 am to 6 pm

    Friday
    until 9 pm


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    New A New Perception – View on China
    Place: Weltmuseum Wien - Vienna, Heldenplatz, Austria
    Date: Oct 25, 2017 to Jun 30, 2018
    Detail: Archaeological findings, such as silk and jade, throughout the area of the Roman Empire prove that these valuable goods already found their way from the Han Empire to Europe two thousand years ago. In the Age of Enlightenment (ca. 1650–1800), the upper class was eager for Chinese luxury goods, e.g. porcelain, tea, lacquer work, or silk. Moreover, sophisticated accomplishments, such as the concept of order in Confucianism or an education-oriented civil service culture, shaped Europe’s view on China.

    Geopolitical interests resulted in a sudden change in Europe’s perception of China in about 1800. In the course of industrialisation, the West needed new sales markets and intended to expand its political-economic sphere of influence. The period of the 19th century was characterised by wars between China and Europe, ranging from the so-called Opium Wars (1839–1842 and 1856–1860) to the Boxer Rebellion of 1900, in the suppression of which the Imperial and Royal Army of Austria-Hungary was also involved. Once positively connoted Chinese values changed to the opposite and were perceived as despotic, cruel, and backwardly.

    Daily except Wednesday
    10 am to 6 pm

    Friday
    until 9 pm

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    New 1873 – Japan comes to Europe
    Place: Weltmuseum Wien - Vienna, Heldenplatz, Austria
    Date: Oct 25, 2017 to Jun 30, 2018
    Detail: The World\'s Fair in Vienna in 1873 marked an important moment in the history of Japan. After being forced by external pressure to open up, and after an interior restructuring of the country, Japan found itself in turmoil. Following the abolition of the old feudal system in the course of the Meiji Restoration, Japan endeavoured to present itself in Europe as a modern state.

    A commission, to which also foreigners such as the brothers Alexander and Heinrich von Siebold belonged, was formed in Japan. According to the officially published catalogue, this group compiled over 6,000 objects to be presented in Vienna.

    A key theme of the exhibition in Vienna was architecture, and one of the largest items exhibited in the Japanese pavilion at that time was the model of a daimyō residence of the Edo period (1600 – 1868); this is the central piece of this gallery. Objects from the collection of the World Museum Vienna serve to illustrate the residence of a feudal lord and member of the Japanese military elite.

    The second half of the room is devoted to the cultural exchange between Japan and Europe in the Meiji period (1868 – 1912). The artistic movement of Japonism was a Western response to the new language of forms, and Japanese ornament found its way into, amongst other things, Art Nouveau style.

    Daily except Wednesday
    10 am to 6 pm

    Friday
    until 9 pm

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    New YANG YONGLIANG: Time Immemorial
    Place: Galerie Paris-Beijing - Paris, 62 Rue de Turbigo, France
    Date: Nov 04, 2017 to Dec 23, 2017
    Detail: Galerie Paris-Beijing is proud to present Time Immemorial, revealing Yang Yongliang’s latest photographs and video installations.

    The Shanghai- based artist keeps jostling our collective conscience, questioning our economical, environmental and social issues, by foreseeing the devastating effects of unrestrained urbanization and industrialization in China and abroad.

    Inspired by Chinese ancestral culture and the famous Shan Shui*, Yang Yongliang works with digital photography like a painter. The overall view of his work reminds us of a landscape, but a careful analysis will reveal an image made of man-made shapes and the representation of an undoubtedly urban context.

    The characteristic trees from the classical Song dynasty paintings become metallic lattice or poles from which are drawn electrical power lines. His inhabitants are cut off from the natural environment and seem to lead a life pairing with a kind of anonymity.

    With the new series Time Immemorial (2016), the artist keeps developing a critic approach to reality while searching for a spiritual source in his country’s relentless march between technological progress and annihilation. The contemporary urban imagery in total decay is always present: the mountains covered by giant skyscrapers in ruins will soon be flooded by the rise of the waters, taking more and more over the surface. However Yang Yongliang subtly suggests a possible agreement between tradition and modernity, nature and culture. In this new series, the very materiality of photography as a media is dealt with. Firstly, the original images created digitally are printed in negative on a fine arts paper sheet. Then each image is photographed with a 8×10-inch traditional film camera. Finally the hand-developed film is mounted on a backlit wooden case, according to the artist’s intent to preserve a digital image on a traditional photographic film.

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    New Dressed to impress: Netsuke and Japanese Men’s Fashion
    Place: The Museum of East Asian Art - Bath , 12 Bennett Street, United Kingdom
    Date: Nov 04, 2017 to Apr 22, 2018
    Detail: This exhibition explores the intricate accessories worn by Japanese men during the Edo period (1615-1868). Netsuke are a form of Japanese miniature sculpture that were primarily functional, but evolved into an important art form. The exhibition features five netsuke and other objects chosen from the British Museum’s collection, with more pieces added from MEAA’s collection to show the range and beauty of these objects and their excellent craftsmanship.

    The exhibition places the netsuke and other objects in context with a sword and bespoke male kimono to demonstrate how they were worn as a complete outfit in the 18th century.


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    New QU LEILEI: A Chinese artist in Britain
    Place: Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford - Oxford, Beaumont Street, United Kingdom
    Date: Nov 07, 2017 to Apr 15, 2018
    Detail: Contemporary Chinese artist Qu Leilei (b. 1951) was a founding member of the avant-garde ‘Stars Group’ in the late 1970s, and immigrated to England in 1985. This exhibition shows his progression from calligraphic collage to an exploration of a new vocabulary of ink language blending lively brushwork with western technique.

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    New Ayurvedic Man: Encounters with Indian Medicine
    Place: Wellcome Collection - London, 183 Euston Road, United Kingdom
    Date: Nov 16, 2017 to Apr 08, 2018
    Detail: The exhibition showcases an exquisite range of material, including Sanskrit, Persian and Tibetan manuscripts, vibrant gouache paintings, erotic manuals and animal-shaped surgical tools.


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    New Ghosts and Hells - the underworld in Asian art
    Place: Musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac - Paris, 37 Quai Branly, France
    Date: Apr 10, 2018 to Jul 15, 2018
    Detail: The exhibition focuses its attention on Asian ghost stories, delving into the world of spirits, terror and fantastic creatures as it takes visitors on a journey to the edges of reality, through religious art, theatre, cinema, contemporary design and manga.

    From Buddhist to J-Horror, from Hokusai prints to Pac-Man, from the Thai spirit culture to horror manga, the figure of the ghost has haunted the Asian imagination for centuries. In China, Thailand and Japan - the lands that the exhibition focuses on - the popular infatuation with terror is very real, and one that permeates a wide variety of cultural productions. From spirits that wander the forest, vengeful cat-women and hungry spirits that return from the dead ("the walking dead") to jumping vampires and yokaïs (supernatural creatures in Japanese folklore), these can appear in multiple guises and play on artistic periods and media.

    Ghosts and Hells - the underworld in Asian art explores their omnipresence not only in objects and documents but also in the performing arts, cinema and comics in an attempt to better understand how they work. After all, whilst Buddhism has played its part in the formation of this imagination – implying that souls are in waiting between two reincarnations –, it is indeed on the fringes of religion, in popular and secular art, that the representation of ghosts has truly come into its own.


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    New Nestorian Crosses of the Yuan Dynasty
    Place: University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong - Hong Kong, 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
    Date: Jun 10, 2016 to Dec 31, 2022
    Detail: The University of Hong Kong’s (HKU) Nestorian crosses were assembled by a Mr. F. A. Nixon who served as a British postal commissioner in Beijing in the 1930s and 1940s. Subsequently the collection was acquired by the Lee Hysan Foundation and donated to Hong Kong University in 1961.

    Nestorian bronze crosses were cast in the Ordos region in north-west China (Inner Mongolia) during the Yuan dynasty (1272–1368). They measure between 3 and 8 cm in height, are flat plaque-like ornaments with an outline in high relief and have a loop on the back suggesting that they were used as personal seals and were worn on the body. The loop facilitates a strapping to human clothing or girdles. The fine motifs of the cast Christian and Buddhist symbols and the rare survival of red-coloured ink deposits in intermittent lower parts of the design, suggested that these seals were used as chops and transferred their individual designs by printing them on other matters. Although all crosses are cast, the Nestorian crosses all seem to be unique and are, in fact, characteristic for their individual designs.

    Stylistically, all crosses fall into 4 different categories, many with mixed Christian and Buddhist motifs in the same artefact. The majority are executed in crucifix form—hence the group description as ‘crosses’—with either flat or round ends. Other ‘crosses’ in fact take the shape of animals, predominantly birds, but also hares and fish, as well as geometrical patterns, such as sun-like designs and miscellaneous Chinese seal-like forms.


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    New Bruce Lee:Kung Fu ‧ Art ‧ Life
    Place: Hong Kong Heritage Museum - Hong Kong, 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin, Hong Kong
    Date: Jul 20, 2016 to Jul 20, 2018
    Detail: Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department
    Jointly organised by Bruce Lee Foundation and Hong Kong Heritage Museum
    Sponsored by Fortune Star Media Limited


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    New Seeds of Culture: From Living Plants to Handicrafts
    Place: Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre - Luang Prabang, Laos
    Date: Sep 17, 2016 to Sep 15, 2018
    Detail: The exhibition is curated by Dr. Yukino Ochiai, an ethnobotanist and professor at Ryukoku University in Kyoto, Japan, and it explores the importance of nature for culture.

    Focusing on the grass plant Job’s tears (Coix), or mak dueay, “Seeds of Culture” draws on Dr. Ochiai’s over 15 years of field research in Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar to show that the wild and domesticated plants of Job’s tears are used as food, medicine, and beads by ethnic groups belonging to different linguistic categories. In particular, the seed beads have been used for costume decoration in beautiful and striking combinations. Over the years, Dr. Ochiai has amassed an unparalleled collection of objects featuring the plant’s seeds.


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    New From the Ashes: Reviving Myanmar Celadon Ceramics
    Place: National University of Singapore Museum - 21 Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore
    Date: Feb 09, 2017 to Dec 30, 2017
    Detail: The exhibition introduces the ash glazed wares produced by Myanmar potters in the 15th century and the current attempts to revive and develop this tradition. Archaeological investigations in Lower Myanmar in the 1990s revealed historical kiln complexes specialised in making greenware (celadon). Identical wares uncovered on 15th-century shipwrecks in Southeast Asian waters and at land sites in the Persian Gulf suggest that Myanmar celadon was commercially distributed.


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    New Reunions: A Collector’s Journey
    Place: Liang Yi Museum - Sheung Wan, 181-199 Hollywood Road, Hong Kong
    Date: Mar 21, 2017 to Feb 28, 2018
    Detail: Inspired by the three movements of Beethoven's Les Adieux, or Piano Sonata No. 26, Das Lebewohl (The Farewell), Abwesenheit (The Absence) and Das Wiedersehen (The Return), this exhibition explores the relevance of the themes of loss, absence and return in the process of building a collection. Featuring over one hundred pieces of Chinese furniture from the Ming and Qing dynasties, Reunions: A Collector’s Journey tells the story of how Liang Yi Museum’s first collection was built and how Peter Fung, the museum’s founder, spent decades reuniting antiques—ones that had originally come in sets—with their long-lost counterparts.

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    New Cold Nights
    Place: Ullens Center for Contemporary Art - Beijing Shi, 4 Jiuxianqiao Rd, Chaoyang Qu, People's Republic Of China
    Date: Sep 15, 2017 to Dec 17, 2017
    Detail: This exhibition grows from modern Chinese writer Ba Jin’s eponymous 1947 novel, which recounts the collapse of a family of intellectuals owing to domestic conflict against a background of national crisis. The curators invited the four artists, after reading the story, to play the roles of its four protagonists through their own artistic creation. Throughout the period of creation, the artists interacted with and responded to each other from their respective roles, forming a sort of creative collective built on the foundation of the novel. The final presentation of the exhibition is the artists’ response to their fictional personae as well as their current lived reality. The overlapping and mixing of these responses, in turn, structures a new space, a new text.


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    New Phoenix Reborn: Chu Jades Excavated from Hubei
    Place: Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong - N.T., Shatin, Hong Kong
    Date: Oct 21, 2017 to Feb 25, 2018
    Detail: The exhibition explores the impact of Chu culture through jade carving, featuring 158 pieces of jade excavated in Hubei Province from tombs dating from the Zhou Dynasties to the mid and late Warring States.


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    New 70 years after Kitano's death - Kitano Tsunetomi Exhibition
    Place: Chiba City Museum of Art - Chiba, 3-10-8, Chuo, Chuo-ku, Japan
    Date: Nov 03, 2017 to Dec 17, 2017

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    New Modern Beauties from CCMA Collection
    Place: Chiba City Museum of Art - Chiba, 3-10-8, Chuo, Chuo-ku, Japan
    Date: Nov 03, 2017 to Dec 17, 2017

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    New Styles of Calligraphy II — Succession and Originality of Beauty
    Place: Idemitsu Museum of Arts - Tokyo, 9th Floor, Teigeki Bldg., 3-1-1,Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Japan
    Date: Nov 11, 2017 to Dec 17, 2017
    Detail: It was after the studies of Chinese standards that the tradition of cherishing calligraphy as art was cultivated establishing a distinctive world in Japan. The intellectuals of each time period were well acquainted with “calligraphic writing” and maintained discipline and numerous rules, but they also competed for skill on the other hand. Such custom is still present today, bringing about many styles. This show will try to seek how calligraphy was succeeded since the old days and how people sought for originality and ideal. We will also consider the manners of how calligraphy can be appreciate with masterpieces from Chinese and Japanese calligraphy.


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    New Ueno Artist Project: “Contemporary Realism —Transcending the Photograph and Video”
    Place: Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum - Tokyo, 8-36 Ueno-Park Taito-ku, Japan
    Date: Nov 17, 2017 to Jan 06, 2018
    Detail: Ueno, known for its many art institutions including the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and Tokyo University of the Arts, has a long history as an art mecca that has fostered many important artists. Among those institutions, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum—“the home of the public entry exhibition”—has fulfilled a significant role by giving artists of all kinds a place to exhibit and develop their art. Now, to build on that history and foster new potential for the future, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum will launch the “Ueno Artist Project,” an exhibition series featuring contemporary artists who are currently active in art groups, under a fixed theme each time. Part one of the series takes the theme, “Contemporary Realism—Transcending the Photograph and Video.” In today’s society, with its flood of video and photographic imagery and information from city billboards, big screens, televisions, and smart phones, the exhibition will feature 9 artists who are sincerely pursuing “contemporary real ism” that is only possible in paintings.


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    New From the MOT Collection: “Modern Realism”
    Place: Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum - Tokyo, 8-36 Ueno-Park Taito-ku, Japan
    Date: Nov 17, 2017 to Jan 06, 2018
    Detail: Featuring realistic Western-style paintings of the Meiji, Taisho, and Showa periods from the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT). Minutely depicted oil paintings by Kinkichiro Honda, the Meiji-period pioneer of Western-style painting; finely rendered oils and drawings by Michisei Kono of the Taisho-period Western-style painting group, Sodosha; richly humanistic depictions of Japanese society and people in the early Showa period by Hitoshi Ikebe and Tadashi Yoshii; and works of temperate realism by Torao Makino …These and other Western-style painters who propelled Japanese art and art groups during Meiji (1868-1912), Taisho (1912-26), and Showa (1926-89) will be presented in an exhibition of modern-period realistic painting.


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    New North Korea’s Public Face: 20th century Propaganda Posters from the Zellweger Collection
    Place: University Museum and Art Gallery - Pokfulam, 90 Bonham Road, Hong Kong
    Date: Nov 29, 2017 to Jan 28, 2018
    Detail: The University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong, is honoured to present North Korea’s Public Face: Twentieth-century Propaganda Posters from the Zellweger Collection from November 29, 2017 to January 28, 2018. Organised in collaboration with North Korea scholar and Stanford Fellow Katharina Zellweger, this will be the first display of such material in Hong Kong.

    Stylistically influenced by communist brutalist propaganda and ideologically informed by the core work on North Korean art—Kim Jong Il’s 1992 publication Treatise on Art (Misullon)—all of these state-commissioned posters promote ‘correct’ forms of socialist realism, thereby documenting the socio-political and economic policies communicated from the Leader to the North Korean people. In so doing, daily activities are aligned with political beliefs; for example, the metaphorical configuration of rice farming with the cultivation of socialism.

    Beyond their overtly ideological character, the posters confer messages related to practical agricultural, industrial and social developments, while portraying a distinctly human picture of the varied urban and rural communities. Altogether, the imagery displayed offers insights into a country that few have visited and from which first-hand information remains sporadic and inconsistent at best.

    We thank Katharina Zellweger for providing us the opportunity to share these posters with the public, and we express our gratitude to the North Korean and Swiss Consulates for their generous support of our exhibition.


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    New Ifugao Sculpture: Expressions in Philippine Cordillera Art
    Place: University Museum and Art Gallery - Pokfulam, 90 Bonham Road, Hong Kong
    Date: Dec 01, 2017 to Feb 04, 2018
    Detail: The University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong, is delighted to present Ifugao Sculpture: Expressions in Philippine Cordillera Art from December 1, 2017 to February 4, 2018, an exhibition of tribal art and culture. Rarely shown in such a large group display, both figurative sculptures and ritual boxes exemplify the talent of artists from the Ifugao, Bontoc and Kankanaey tribes in the northern Luzon region of the Philippines. The exhibition is organised in cooperation with Mr Martin Kurer and the Hong Kong-based Asian Art:Future (AA:F), a collection specialising in contemporary and antique Asian art.

    The works displayed in the show range from sculptural objects, including ‘bulul’ statues, deities associated with the production of bountiful harvests; ‘hipag’ (or ‘hapag’) figures, war deities used as vehicles through which divine help can be summoned; sculptural boxes used in ceremonies, the ‘punamhan’; and various boxes for the storage of food—sometimes called ‘tangongo’ or ‘tanoh’—along with other functional items such as ‘kinahu’, food bowls, and toys. Fascinated with the modern abstract style of these carved 19th- and 20th-century sculptures, our exhibition takes an artistic rather than an anthropological approach, highlighting the aesthetics of the displayed artworks rather than signifying them as ethnic markers or religious tools. Both the bulul figures and boxes are deeply connected to cultural rituals while they present abstract expressions of a group of talented rural artists.

    Together, these selected pieces showcase the aesthetic and artistic side of a wide range of Cordillera sculptural art from the 18th through the 20th centuries. The pieces are arranged in line with various centres of artistic gravity—‘archaic’, ‘minimalist’, ‘transition’—although the lines are sometimes blurred, and most of the ‘archaic’ material also shows ‘minimalist’ elements.


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    New Ancient Religions
    Place: Asian Civilisations Museum - Singapore, 1 Empress Place, Singapore
    Date: Dec 12, 2017 to Dec 31, 2021
    Detail: The ACM permanent galleries on Level 2 explore how artists have masterfully expressed complex ideas about life and existence with religions in sculpture and paintings. Beginning with the Ancient Religions exhibition, which explores early styles and motifs of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism in India and how they spread to China and the larger Southeast Asia, the story continues in the following galleries as the art developed and evolved through the centuries.

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    New Iro-e — Japan CUTE !
    Place: Idemitsu Museum of Arts - Tokyo, 9th Floor, Teigeki Bldg., 3-1-1,Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Japan
    Date: Jan 12, 2018 to Mar 25, 2018
    Detail: Iro-e, ceramics with polychrome overglaze enamels, flourished as colorful ceramics during the Edo period. It is represented by porcelain such as Kokutani, Kakiemon and Nabeshima, as well as by the ceramics of Kyōyaki ceramicists, Nonomura Ninsei and Ogata Kenzan. The fashion-conscious Kokutani ware arranged designs of kosode. The design-oriented Kakiemon won world popularity especially attracting the western royalty and nobility. The subtle feelings of the seasons characterized the Nabeshima ware and it was presented as gifts to the shōgun (supreme warrior leader). The kawaii cuteness and literary characteristics decorated Kyōyaki. All are distinguishing features of the multi-faceted Japanese culture reflected in the gorgeous world of iro-e.


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    New Winter Antiques Show
    Place: Park Avenue Armory - New York City, 643 Park Ave, New York, USA
    Date: Jan 19, 2018 to Jan 28, 2018
    Detail: The Winter Antiques Show is the leading art, antiques, and design fair in America, where curators, designers, and collectors vie for the best works on the market, from Antiquity through the present.



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    New San Francisco Tribal and Textile Art Show
    Place: Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion - San Francisco, 2 Marina Blvd, California, USA
    Date: Feb 08, 2018 to Feb 11, 2018
    Detail: Objects of Art LLC is proud to announce the acquisition of the treasured San Francisco Tribal and Textile Art Show, the leading Tribal art fair showcasing the arts of tribal cultures and indigenous peoples of the Americas, Asia, Oceania, Polynesia, the Middle East and Africa. Originally developed by the team of Caskey Lees, the San Francisco Tribal & Textile Art show presents over 80 national and international galleries, displaying museum-quality objects and artifacts in visually striking settings perfect for browsing by tribal art collectors, first-time guests and enthusiasts.


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    New The Armory Show
    Place: Piers 92 & 94 - New York, Twelfth Avenue at 55th St, New York, USA
    Date: Mar 08, 2018 to Mar 11, 2018
    Detail: The Armory Show is New York’s premier art fair and a definitive cultural destination for discovering and collecting the world’s most important 20th and 21st century art. Staged on Manhattan’s Piers 92 & 94, The Armory Show features presentations by leading international galleries, innovative artist commissions and dynamic public programs. Since its founding in 1994, The Armory Show has served as a nexus for the international art world, inspiring dialogue, discovery and patronage in the visual arts.


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    New Brafa Art Fair
    Place: Tour & Taxis - Brussels, Avenue du Port 88, Belgium
    Date: Jan 27, 2018 to Feb 04, 2018
    Detail: The Brussels Art Fair, created in 1956, is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious art fairs, famous for the high quality fine art, antiques, modern and contemporary art and design it offers. Brafa takes usually place during the last ten days of January. The first major art event of the year, it is considered a reliable barometer of the art market.


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    New TEFAF Maastricht
    Place: Mecc Maastricht - Maastricht, Forum 100, Netherlands
    Date: Mar 09, 2018 to Mar 18, 2018
    Detail: TEFAF Maastricht is widely regarded as the world\'s premier fair for art, antiques and design. Featuring over 275 prestigious dealers from some 20 countries, TEFAF Maastricht is a showcase for the finest art works currently on the market.

    Alongside the traditional areas of Old Master paintings, antiques and classical antiquities that cover approximately half of the fair, you can also find modern and contemporary art, photographs, jewelry, 20th century design and works on paper.


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    New BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair
    Place: Duke of York Square - Chelsea, London, United Kingdom
    Date: Mar 14, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018
    Detail: Founded in 1918, BADA (The British Antique Dealers’ Association) is the leading trade association for the fine art, design and antiques community.


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    New Art Paris Art Fair
    Place: Grand Palais - Paris, Avenue Winston Churchill, France
    Date: Apr 05, 2018 to Apr 08, 2018
    Detail: From April 5th-8th 2018, Art Paris Art Fair will bring together 140 galleries from some twenty different countries at the Grand Palais. Diversity and discovery are the key words of this leading springtime event for modern and contemporary art in Paris that combines a region-by-region exploration of European art from the post-war years to the present day and a cosmopolitan perspective on emerging scenes from around the world.


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    New The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia
    Place: Olympia London - London, Hammersmith Road, United Kingdom
    Date: Jun 25, 2018 to Jul 01, 2018
    Detail: The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia, held in the heart of London, showcases 160 of the world\'s leading specialist art and antiques dealers. Taking place for seven days only, London\'s longest running Fair brings together an unrivalled choice of over 50,000 pieces.

    Loved by collectors, interior designers and those looking for exceptional pieces for stylish interiors, The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia showcases the finest array of art and antiques including a wide range of antique furniture, alongside jewellery and collectables. From antiquity to the present day every item for sale is checked by a team of experts to ensure quality and authenticity before the Fair opens to the public - enabling you to buy with confidence.

    Monday 25 June - Preview Day

    Opening Times
    Monday 25 June PREVIEW 4pm - 9pm
    Tuesday 26 June 11am - 8pm
    Wednesday 27 June 11am - 8pm
    Thursday 28 June LATE NIGHT 11am - 9pm
    Friday 29 June 11am - 7pm
    Saturday 30 June 11am - 7pm
    Sunday 1 July 11am - 5pm


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    New Asian Art Biennial
    Place: National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts - Taichung, 2, SEC. 1, Wu Chuan W. RD., Taiwan
    Date: Sep 30, 2017 to Feb 25, 2018
    Detail: The 6th Asian Art Biennial will be grandly on view at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts on September 30, 2017. For the first time in more than a decade, the biennial this year is curated by a joint team of an in-house curator and three foreign curators, a mechanism fairly distinct from its previous curatorial practice. Treating “Negotiating the Future” as the theme, the curatorial team plans to invite around 30 artists/collectives to accomplish this great achievement with concerted efforts.

    The theme Negotiating the Future features the momentum and limitless potential of contemporary art, as well as the possibilities for art to negotiate and strike a balance among various conflicts of power and relations.


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    New Ink Asia
    Place: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre - Wanchai, 1 Expo Drive, Hong Kong
    Date: Dec 15, 2017 to Dec 17, 2017
    Detail: INK ASIA, the first-ever art fair specialising in ink art, was successfully inaugurated at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in December 2015. The third edition of the fair will be held at Hall 5B from 15 – 17 December 2017. INK ASIA is organised by Art & Antique International Fair Ltd, the team behind Fine Art Asia, Asia’s leading international fine art fair.


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    New Singapore Art Week
    Place: Various locations around Singapore - Singapore, Singapore
    Date: Jan 17, 2018 to Jan 28, 2018
    Detail: A joint initiative by the National Arts Council, the Singapore Tourism Board and the Singapore Economic Development Board, Singapore Art Week reinforces Singapore’s position as Asia’s leading arts destination. In its sixth edition in 2018, the twelve-day celebration of the visual arts will be taking place in venues across Singapore, from galleries and museums to art precincts and non-profit spaces.

    Reaching out to both Singapore residents and international visitors to promote art appreciation, Singapore Art Week offers a myriad of quality art experiences which span the visual arts, from traditional to modern to contemporary practices. Audiences can look forward to art fairs, gallery openings, exhibitions, lifestyle events, public art walks, and enriching discussions on art and culture. Singapore Art Week also aims to galvanise the arts sector to launch innovative art and lifestyle concepts and events in conjunction with art events during this period.


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    New Art Stage Singapore
    Place: Marina Bay Sands - Singapore, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore
    Date: Jan 25, 2018 to Jan 28, 2018
    Detail: Art Stage Singapore, the flagship art fair of Southeast Asia, kicks off the international art season every January with the very best of Asian contemporary art.


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    New Dhaka Art Summit
    Place: Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy - Dhaka, 14/3 Segunbagicha, Segun Bagicha Rd, Bangladesh
    Date: Feb 02, 2018 to Feb 10, 2018
    Detail: Over the last five years, the Dhaka Art Summit (DAS) has innovated an entirely new modality for bringing together art and arts professionals from across South Asia, including Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Maldives, Myanmar, and India. Given the breadth and depth of the exhibitions and auxiliary programming nurtured within its doors, DAS meets at a cross point between intervening kunsthalle and pioneering think tank, structuring an art event that exists in terms unparalleled within the scope of South Asia. By connecting South Asian practitioners and artworks to both the Bangladeshi general public and the wider world, free from the reliance on commercial channels for mobility, DAS has fostered important new inquiries into Modern and Contemporary art in the region.

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    New India Art Fair
    Place: NSIC grounds, Okhla Industrial Area - New Delhi, India
    Date: Feb 09, 2018 to Feb 12, 2018
    Detail: India Art Fair welcomes visitors to experience the largest contemporary art event in the South Asia. Offering a unique opportunity to discover the best galleries in the region and beyond, India Art Fair\'s programme includes lectures, projects and curated events across New Delhi.


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    New Asia Contemporary Art Show: Spring Edition
    Place: Conrad Hong Kong - Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong
    Date: Mar 23, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018
    Detail: The expanded 12th edition of the Asia Contemporary Art Show opens on Friday, March 23rd, 2018 at the Conrad Hong Kong with an exclusive UnionPay Private View followed by the UnionPay VIP Collectors Preview, and continues on Saturday with the fun HK Liquor Store Art Night. The show will be open through the weekend and Monday. On show will be more than 3,000 unique works of art spread across five floors comprising more than 100 art living spaces. The works on show will include original paintings, limited editions, sculpture and photography from some of the world's most interesting emerging and mid-career artists, to those housed in private and public collections, and sold at auction.

    EXCITING NEW FEATURES
    Bringing a world of art to Hong Kong, the 12th edition of the Show will feature Intersections: China, the next in the popular sector series, and Artist Dialogues, returning by popular demand. Both projects are aimed at connecting artists with collectors from across Asia and the world.

    Intersections: China presents a series of dynamic and diverse works by selected galleries, artists and artist collectives that highlight the conceptual artistic “intersections” between past and present, traditional and modern and East and West in contemporary Chinese art.

    Artist Dialogues invites artists from around the world to exhibit in a solo or joint presentation. The 20 flexible art spaces, offer artists an intimate environment to sell their work to collectors, as well as articulate their inspirations and artistic practice into a seeing and learning experience.


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    New Art Central
    Place: Central Harborfront - Central, 9 Lung Wo Road, Hong Kong
    Date: Mar 27, 2018 to Apr 01, 2018
    Detail: Art Central is recognised as a place of discovery and a platform for museum quality artworks from more established names to be exhibited alongside cutting-edge works by emerging artists.


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    New International Antiques Fair 2018
    Place: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre - Hong Kong, 1 Expo Dr, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
    Date: May 26, 2018 to May 29, 2018

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    New Munakata and the Disciples of Buddha
    Place: Ronin Gallery - New York, 425 Madison Ave. 3rd Fl, USA
    Date: Mar 02, 2017 to Apr 29, 2019
    Detail: On View: March 2 – April 29, 2017
    Opening Party: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
    Asia Week Reception and Matcha Tasting: Saturday, March 11, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Ronin Gallery is honored to present Munakata and the Disciples of Buddha during Asia Week 2017. This exhibition invites you to experience the woodblock prints of Shiko Munakata (1903 - 1975) and to discover the Buddhist roots of Japanese woodblock printing. Culminating in his iconic series Ten Great Disciples of the Buddha, the exhibition explores the vital interplay of artistic tradition and religious practice behind Munakata’s groundbreaking work. Starting with the origins of Japanese woodblock printing in the 12th century, to the ukiyo-e prints of the Edo and Meiji periods, the exhibition Munakata and the Disciples of Buddha places this innovative master of modern woodblock printmaking within centuries of tradition. Also on exhibit will be an exceptionally rare calligraphy kakejiku (scroll painting) by Munakata from the private collection of Munakata\'s granddaughter, Yoriko Ishii, as well as other important hand-colored works.

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    New Books of Wisdom: Rare and Complete Tibetan Buddhist Manuscripts from the McCarthy Collection
    Place: Rossi & Rossi - Wong Chuk Hang, 3C Yally Industrial Building, 6 Yip Fat Street, Hong Kong
    Date: Nov 25, 2017 to Jan 28, 2018
    Detail: Rossi & Rossi is delighted to announce the exhibition of an exceptional private collection of Tibetan manuscripts: Books of Wisdom– Eleven Rare and Complete Tibetan Buddhist Manuscripts from the McCarthy Collection. Comprised of eleven canonical manuscripts dating from the 13th to 16th century, the exhibition presents a rare opportunity to view medieval manuscripts in their original form.

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    New Fine Asian works of art
    Place: Bonhams - San Francisco, 220 San Bruno Avenue, California, USA
    Date: Dec 18, 2017

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    New Asian Decorative Works of Art
    Place: Bonhams - San Francisco, 220 San Bruno Avenue, California, USA
    Date: Dec 19, 2017

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    New Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Art
    Place: Bonhams - New York, 580 Madison Avenue, USA
    Date: Mar 19, 2018

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    New Important Chinese Art
    Place: Sotheby\'s New York - New York, 1334 York Avenue, USA
    Date: Mar 21, 2018

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    New Fine Classical Chinese Paintings & Calligraphy
    Place: Sotheby\'s New York - New York, 1334 York Avenue, USA
    Date: Mar 22, 2018

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    New The Chew Family Collection of Chinese Paintings & Calligraphy
    Place: Sotheby\'s - New York, 1334 York Avenue, USA
    Date: Mar 22, 2018
    Detail: The Classical Chinese Paintings & Calligraphy sale will showcase the Chew Family Collection of Chinese Paintings & Calligraphy. The collection was assembled by Ms. Francis Chew (known as Sister Asha) and her parents in California beginning in 1970s. The Chew family opened the China Art Center in Carmel, California, where they made the acquaintance of Zhang Daqian (Chang Dai-chien), the celebrated modern ink painter who also lived in Carmel from 1969 to 1976. Among the seventy-plus works by acclaimed modern masters such as Xu Beihong, Wu Changshuo, Qi Bashi, and Pu Ru, are a number of fine and unusual works by Zhang Daqian, including Splashed Color LandscapeLandscape After Shitao, and Large-scale Calligraphy; as well as classical paintings either collected or inscribed by Zhang Daqian, such as Pheasants In Snow and Ducks In Lotus Pond by Lin Liang (1436-1487), Rabbit Among Bamboo And Chrysanthemums by Tao Cheng (15th Century), and Landscape by Yun Shouping (1633-1690). Other important classical paintings include Orchid And Bamboo by Ma Shouzhen (1548-1640) which bears an inscription by Wu Hufan; Scholar Gazing From A Pavilion by Zhang Ling (Early 16th Century) with an inscription by Zhuang Yan; and finally, three particularly rare hanging scrolls bearing spurious inscriptions and signatures of Wu Zhen (1280-1354), Shitao (1642-1707) and Kuncan (1612- After 1674), all of which are likely forgeries by Zhang Daqian, created for his own amusement.

    The fully illustrated catalogue will feature several photographs taken of the Chew Family and Zhang Daqian, published here for the first time, revealing aspects of the painter’s life in California. Accompanying the sale in New York, two travelling exhibitions of selected works will be held in San Francisco and Los Angeles next February.


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    New Asian Art
    Place: Bonhams - Edinburgh, 22 Queen St, United Kingdom
    Date: Mar 21, 2018

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    New Beijing Poly 2017 Autumn Sales
    Place: Beijing Four Seasons Hotel - Beijing, 48 Liangmaqiao Rd, SanYuan Qiao, Chaoyang Qu, People's Republic Of China
    Date: Dec 13, 2017 to Dec 22, 2017
    Detail: Preview and Sales: December 13-22
    Preview Venue: The National Agriculture Exhibition Center, Beijing

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    New China Guardian: 2017 Autumn Auctions
    Place: Guardian Art Center - Beijing, No.1 Wangfujng Street, People's Republic Of China
    Date: Dec 18, 2017 to Dec 23, 2017
    Detail: Preview:
    15 December - 17 December
    Convention Center
    Beijing International Hotel


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    New 2017 Sungari Autumn Auction
    Place: Sungari International @ Kerry Hotel Beijing - Beijing, 1 Guanghua Rd, GuoMao, Chaoyang Qu, People's Republic Of China
    Date: Dec 20, 2017 to Dec 21, 2017

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