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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 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 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 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 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 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 A Queen's Treasure from Versailles: Marie-Antoinette's Japanese Lacquer
    Place: The Getty Center - Los Angeles, 1200 Getty Center Drive, California, USA
    Date: Jan 23, 2018 to Jan 06, 2019
    Detail: An exhibition showcasing Japanese lacquer from the private collection of the French queen Marie-Antoinette. Her collection of small lacquer boxes was one of the finest in Europe, and she considered it to be among her most cherished possessions. The elaborate works reveal the queen\'s personal taste and demonstrate the high level of achievement attained by Japanese lacquer artists during the 17th and 18th centuries.

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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 The Future is Fluid
    Place: Rubin Museum of Art - New York, 150 West 17th St., USA
    Date: Feb 23, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
    Detail: Step into a world where past, present, and future exist all at once. At the Rubin in 2018, we’re bringing together a full year of exhibitions, talks, programs, and experiences that unpack our commonly held ideas about the future.

    By examining various perspectives—from an eighth-century Buddhist master to Einstein to contemporary artists—we invite you to consider a future that isn’t fixed but fluid.

    Are you ready to form a new relationship with the future? Take a look at what’s on, and join us this year at the Rubin.


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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 The Poetry of Nature: Edo Paintings from the Fishbein-Bender Collection
    Place: The Met Fifth Avenue - New York, 1000 Fifth Avenue, USA
    Date: Feb 27, 2018 to Jan 21, 2019
    Detail: Painting blossomed in Japan during the Edo period (1615–1868), as artists daringly experimented with conventional styles. In this exhibition, more than 40 examples of Edo-period paintings from the collection of Estelle P. Bender and her late husband T. Richard Fishbein—mostly gifts and promised gifts to The Met—will help trace the development of the major schools and movements of this fascinating era. Contemporary Japanese ceramics will be juxtaposed with Edo-period paintings, while works in various formats and media from The Met collection will provide context. The celebration of the natural world will serve as a unifying theme, and the intertwined relationship between poetry and the pictorial arts—so fundamental to Japanese tradition—will be a particular focus of the exhibition.


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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 Arts of South and Southeast Asia
    Place: The San Diego Museum of Art - San Diego, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, California, USA
    Date: Apr 05, 2018 to Jan 31, 2019
    Detail: Arts of South and Southeast Asia ranges in date from the first to the nineteenth century AD.

    The earliest works are mostly religious, relating to the ritual practices of Buddhism, Jainism, and Hinduism. Although each religion has a distinct set of gods and divinities, all three based the iconography of these figures on the human form. Buddhism spread along the Silk Road moving west to Pakistan and Central Asia, and east to China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia. Hinduism also traveled to Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia.

    During a series of invasions and migrations in the eleventh century, people from Central Asia moved into Pakistan and northern India. They brought India a new literary language, Persian, and Islam. By the end of the fifteenth century, European traders and missionaries began arriving by sea. They, in addition to goods, also brought oil paintings and engravings. These cultural influences thrived alongside traditions stemming from the region’s native languages, literatures, and religions, which continue to flourish.


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    New Love Affairs: The Tale of Genji in Japanese Art
    Place: Minneapolis Institute of Art - Minneapolis, 2400 Third Avenue South, USA
    Date: Aug 18, 2018 to Mar 10, 2019
    Detail: The Tale of Genji is celebrated as Japan’s greatest literary work. Written in the early 1000s by Murasaki Shikibu, a lady-in-waiting at the imperial court, the tale traces the life and romantic pursuits of an imperial prince called “Shining Genji.” Rich in poetry and offering an intimate look at the court, it has inspired countless Japanese artists over the centuries, and illustrations of or allusions to the tale appear on everything from paintings, prints, and decorative artworks to clothing and manga (comic books). This exhibition will focus on Genji-related art created over the past 500 years. Shown in two rotations—each encompassing almost 5,000 square feet—the exhibition will feature woodblock prints alongside folding screens, lacquerware, kimono, and art in other media from Mia’s renowned collection of Japanese art.


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    New Tuan Andrew Nguyen: Letters from Saigon to Saigon
    Place: Asia Society - New York, 725 Park Avenue, USA
    Date: Sep 07, 2018 to Jan 06, 2019
    Detail: A series of newly acquired photographs from artist Tuan Andrew Nguyen, the works capture a correspondence between a young Vietnamese rapper and African American rapper Saigon.

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    New The Progressive Revolution: Modern Art for a New India
    Place: Asia Society - New York, 725 Park Avenue, New York, USA
    Date: Sep 14, 2018 to Jan 20, 2019
    Detail: Just over seven decades after the declaration of India’s independence in 1947 and the emergence of a modern art movement in India, Asia Society presents a landmark exhibition of works by members of the Progressive Artists’ Group, which formed in Bombay, now Mumbai, at a time of massive political and social upheaval. Spectacular works in the exhibition—primarily oil paintings from the 1940s to 1990s—underscore how these artists gave visual form to the idea of India as secular, heterogeneous, international, and united.

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    New The Progressive Revolution: Modern Art for a New India
    Place: Asia Society - New York, 725 Park Avenue, USA
    Date: Sep 15, 2018 to Jan 20, 2019
    Detail: Just over seven decades after the declaration of India’s independence in 1947 and the emergence of a modern art movement in India, Asia Society presents a landmark exhibition of works by members of the Progressive Artists’ Group, which formed in Bombay, now Mumbai, in the aftermath of independence. The Progressive Revolution: Modern Art for a New India will examine the founding ideology of the Progressives and explore the ways in which artists from different social, cultural, and religious backgrounds found common cause at a time of massive political and social upheaval.

    Though the group disbanded in 1956, the movement continued to animate and give visual expression to India’s modern identity, with many of the group’s artists creating their most iconic works after this period. Works in the exhibition—primarily oil paintings­ from the 1940s to 1960s—underscore how these artists gave visual form to the idea of India as secular, heterogeneous, international, and united. Like their counterparts in the West, India’s modern masters mined multiple sources of inspiration while forging their own distinctive styles. Their consideration of the ways in which a new secular republic could emerge from a rich, multi-religious tradition continues to be relevant today.

    The exhibition comprises important works from the Group’s core founders—K.H. Ara, S.K. Bakre, H.A. Gade, M.F. Husain, S.H. Raza, and F.N. Souza—as well as later members and those closely affiliated with the movement: V.S. Gaitonde, Krishen Khanna, Ram Kumar, Tyeb Mehta, Akbar Padamsee, and Mohan Samant.

    The exhibition is organized by Zehra Jumabhoy, guest curator, and Boon Hui Tan, Director of Asia Society Museum. An illustrated catalogue featuring essays by leading scholars of Indian art and modern history will accompany the exhibition.


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    New Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India
    Place: Seattle Art Museum - Seattle, 1300 First Avenue, USA
    Date: Oct 18, 2018 to Jan 21, 2019
    Detail: Centuries of royal treasures from Jodhpur, India, come to the United States for the first time in the new exhibition Peacock in the Desert.

    Imagine yourself in the luxuriant royal spaces of India’s historic courtly life. Resplendent with brilliant paintings, lavishly made ceremonial objects, finely crafted arms and armor, sumptuous jewels, and intricately carved furnishings, Peacock in the Desert will transport you to the royal palace of Jodhpur, India.

    Nearly four centuries of artistic creation from one of the largest former princely states in India, the kingdom of Marwar-Jodhpur in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, will fill SAM’s galleries. Some 250 paintings, decorative arts, tents, canopies, carpets and other textiles, jewelry, and weapons will be presented beside large-scale photomurals which evoke the stunning setting of the Mehrangarh Museum in Jodhpur.

    Many of these masterpieces and relics have not been seen beyond palace walls and most have never traveled to the United States. These treasures trace the evolving historical framework of royal identity in India from the 17th century to the establishment of independence after 1947 and reflect the artistic legacy of the Rathore dynasty, who ruled the Marwar-Jodhpur kingdom for more than seven centuries.

    Drawn primarily from the collections of the Mehrangarh Fort Museum of Jodhpur and private collections of the Jodhpur royal family, this evocative exhibition illuminates hundreds of years of Indian courtly life.


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    New The Terra Cotta Warriors
    Place: Bowers Museum - Santa Ana, 2002 North Main Street, California, USA
    Date: Oct 01, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019
    Detail: The Bowers Museum is thrilled to announce that it will be presenting an exhibition highlighting China’s terra cotta soldiers for a third time in the museum’s history.


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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 In Search of Forgotten Colours
    Place: Toshiba Gallery of Japanese Art, Victoria and Albert Museum - London, Cromwell Road, United Kingdom
    Date: Jun 02, 2018 to Jan 27, 2019
    Detail: Display of naturally dyed textiles and papers from the Somenotsukasa Yoshioka workshop in Kyoto with four short explanatory films.


    New Contemporary Chinese Art and Design
    Place: T.T.Tsui Gallery of Chinese Art, Victoria and Albert Museum - London, Cromwell Road, United Kingdom
    Date: Sep 17, 2018 to May 31, 2019
    Detail: The display celebrates the diversity of style, creativity and methodology of Chinese contemporary art and design.


    New Plum Blossom and Green Willow: Japanese Surimono Poetry Prints
    Place: Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University - Oxford, Beaumont Street, United Kingdom
    Date: Oct 02, 2018 to Mar 17, 2019
    Detail: Exhibition of privately published and exquisitely produced surimono poetry prints from the early 1800s, drawn from the Ashmolean's own collection.


    New Textiles of the Sikhs and the Punjab
    Place: University of Oxford - Oxford, Ewert House, United Kingdom
    Date: Oct 04, 2018 to Dec 13, 2018
    Detail: This course explores the rich textile traditions of the Sikhs and the Punjab in India and Pakistan.

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    New Shen Fuzong, the first Chinese visitor to Oxford
    Place: The Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre Building - Oxford, St Hugh's College, St Margaret's Road, United Kingdom
    Date: Oct 08, 2018 to Dec 14, 2018
    Detail: A ground-breaking exhibition at St Hugh's College, University of Oxford, about Michael Alphonsus Shen Fuzong, the first Chinese visitor to England known by name. It focusses on the six weeks Shen spend in Oxford as the guest of Thomas Hyde, Librarian of the Bodleian Library, and features a life-size portrait of Shen by Sir Godfrey Kneller, commissioned by James II in 1687 and today part of the Royal Collection. It appears alongside exhibits from leading collections and archives brought together for the first time.

    Michael Shen Fuzong was a Christian convert, brought to Europe as part of a campaign to gain support for the Jesuit missions in China, to which James II as a Roman Catholic was keen to show his favour. The portrait of Shen has long been recognised as one of the glories of James II's short reign, and a key image in the growing fascination with China in the West.


    New Lui Shou-kwan Centenary Exhibition: Abstraction, Ink and Enlightenment
    Place: Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University - Oxford, Beaumont Street, United Kingdom
    Date: Oct 27, 2018 to Apr 07, 2019
    Detail: Solo exhibition of Hong Kong artist Lui Shou-kwan (1919-1975)

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    New China: Through the lens of John Thomson (1868 – 1872)
    Place: Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum - Bournemouth, East Cliff Promenade, United Kingdom
    Date: Nov 02, 2018 to Jun 02, 2019
    Detail: An exhibition of John Thomson's photographs of China 1868-1872 accompanied by objects collected by Merton and Annie Russell-Cotes on their visit to China only a decade later.

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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 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 Minimalism: Space. Light. Object.
    Place: National Gallery Singapore - Singapore, 1 St. Andrew's Road 178957, Singapore
    Date: Nov 16, 2018 to Apr 14, 2019
    Detail: Organised by National Gallery Singapore in collaboration with ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands, Minimalism: Space. Light. Object.is the first exhibition in Southeast Asia to focus on this groundbreaking art movement. To this day, Minimalism continues to have a profound influence on a range of art forms and practitioners across the world.Featuring over 150 works of art and spanning two sites, this exhibition traces the development of Minimalist art and ideas from the 1950s to the present day. Themes such as form, colour and spirituality are explored through major works by over 60 artists, including Mark Rothko, Carmen Herrera, Donald Judd, Anish Kapoor, Mary Miss, Olafur Eliasson, Charwei Tsai and Ai Weiwei, as well as Singapore artists Kim Lim, Tang Da Wu and Jeremy Sharma.

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    New Sharjapan: The Poetics of Space
    Place: Al Hamriyah Studios - Al Hamriyah, Sharjah, Saudi Arabia
    Date: Nov 21, 2018 to Jan 15, 2019
    Detail: Sharjapan: The Poetics of Space will highlight book design in Japan through innovative exhibition methods, bringing together typography, page design and photographs combining text and images.

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    New In the Country of Fans, Japan
    Place: Suntory Museum of Art - Tokyo, Tokyo Midtown Galleria 3F, 9-7-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Japan
    Date: Nov 28, 2018 to Jan 20, 2019
    Detail: Did you know that slim, accordion-fold fans are a Japanese invention? These fans, which have broad and deep roots in Japanese life, appearing in religious festivals, daily life, performances, and games, have evolved a rich decorativeness. Highly portable, ready to be enjoyed anywhere, they are perhaps our most familiar and accessible example of “Art in Life.” Moreover, folding fans have helped generate a diverse range of related works of art, including folding screens, handscrolls, craft arts, and textiles. In this exhibition, we introduce the enduring world of the fans so long beloved by Japanese.


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    New i Light Singapore - Bicentennial Edition
    Place: Marina Bay, Civic District, Singapore River and Raffles Terrace at Fort Canning - Singapore, Singapore
    Date: Jan 28, 2019 to Feb 24, 2019
    Detail: Singapore’s sustainable light art festival, i Light will return in 2019 with a special i Light Singapore – Bicentennial Edition. Happening from 28 January to 24 February 2019, the upcoming festival will feature light art installations curated to the theme “Bridges of Time” that invites artists and festival-goers to reflect on Singapore’s history and growth, as well as its connection with the world in the last 700 years. The Festival will also expand its geographical footprint, from its original Marina Bay vicinity to include Civic District, Singapore River and Raffles Terrace at Fort Canning.

    This special edition will see an intensified effort to bridge people, culture and opportunity through art and sustainability, as a reflection of how Singapore’s historic Civic District and Singapore River, first drew people from different parts of the world here centuries ago. Besides sustainable light art installations, there will also be different lifestyle programmes for Festival-goers to be part of.

    i Light Singapore – Bicentennial Edition will be held from 28 January to 24 February 2019, 7.30pm to 11pm daily with extended hours to 12am on Fridays and Saturdays. Admission to the Festival is free. Visit www.ilightsingapore.sg for more information.

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    New The San Francisco Tribal & Textile Art Show
    Place: Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion - San Francisco, 2 Marina Blvd, California, USA
    Date: Feb 07, 2019 to Feb 10, 2019
    Detail: The San Francisco Tribal & Textile Art Show

    One of the most important tribal art fairs in the world, it is known for showcasing exceptional tribal artwork and textiles, including many rare and unique pieces from Africa, Asia, Australia, Oceania, and the Americas. The fair will feature 70 top-tier galleries and dealers from the U.S. and around the globe, and two special exhibitions—one with breathtaking pieces of art from Fiji and another celebrating Africa’s vanishing rituals through photography. Serious collectors and first-time attendees alike will be inspired by the craftsmanship, techniques, and variety of human expression offered at this three-day event.
    February 7, 2019, Thursday Opening Cocktail Preview Party and Benefit from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
    Friday, and Saturday, February 8 and 9, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
    Sunday, February 10, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
    Admission is $15 per person daily or $25 for a run of the show.
    The cocktail preview tickets are $50 per person.

    For general show information, please call 310-822-9145 or email

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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 Divine Presence, Master Sculpture from Asia
    Place: Marcel Nies - 2000 Antwerpen, Lange Gasthuisstraat 28, Belgium
    Date: Nov 29, 2018 to Dec 29, 2018
    Detail: Philosophy uses the word ‘divine’ to denote the supernatural source from which all nature originates. Visualized as a vast array of deities, demi-deities and associated spirits, manifesting in miracles, prophecies and visions, it informs every aspect of Asian culture. The gods are venerated as sacred beings. Their transmundane genesis begets the belief that they are eternal and based in truth, whereas sublunary material things are ephemeral and based in illusion. The divine nature is immortal: its presence evokes a feeling of resurrection and spiritual salvation.

    Some twenty years ago I made a tour of a number of excellent collections of Asian art in the Netherlands and Belgium with Jan van Alphen, then the Director of the Antwerp Ethnographic Museum. It was not long before we had both been seized with the idea of creating a major exhibition of bronzes from India and the Himalayas. We believed that such an exhibition, which would be focused only on the best collections in the Low Countries, would shed a fresh light – and for many a new light – on the superb bronze artworks those regions have produced. The exhibition, titled Cast for Eternity. Bronze Masterworks from India and the Himalayas in Belgian and Dutch Collections, took place in the Ethnographic Museum in 2005 and brought together more than eighty high-quality masterworks. Those dazzling bronze sculptures attested to dedicated craftmanship in the service of spirituality, as indeed they have done for centuries, for as the exhibition title indicated, they were created to be immutable, perpetual portals to the divine presence. The exhibition catalogue became internationally valued and today is a highly rated art book, searched for by many major collectors of Asian art around the globe.

    Over many years I have known Jan van Alphen as a passionate scholar of Asian art, much appreciated for his extensive knowledge and natural eye for quality. From 1978, when he began his museological career, he held the positions of Scientifc Assistant Dept. India and Southeast Asia at the Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels, Curator then Director of the Antwerp Ethnographic Museum, and co-founder of and lecturer at the Indian Study Centre at the University of Antwerp and the Royal Academy of Arts in Antwerp. In 2009 he became Chairman of the Scientifc Committee at the Centre for Fine Arts/Bozar in Brussels, and in 2011 he was appointed Director of Exhibitions, Collections and Research/Chief Curator at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York. The number of outstanding museum exhibitions and publications that have been produced under his inspiring leadership is too great to ft on this page. Today he is a consultant for various museums, auction houses and art dealers. I am delighted and honoured that he agreed to write the entries in this catalogue: Divine Presence, Master Sculpture from Asia.

    Marcel Nies, 2018

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