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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 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 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 Aug 12, 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 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 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 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 Hard Bodies: Contemporary Japanese Lacquer Sculpture
    Place: Minneapolis Institute of Art - Minneapolis, 2400 Third Avenue South, USA
    Date: Oct 07, 2017 to Jun 24, 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 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 A Passion for Jade: Heber Bishop and His Collection
    Place: The Met Fifth Avenue - New York, 1000 Fifth Avenue, USA
    Date: Oct 21, 2017 to Jul 22, 2018
    Detail: This exhibition presents a selection of the most refined works from the Bishop collection of jade, the most esteemed stone in China. The works on view represent the sophisticated art of Chinese lapidaries during the Qing dynasty (1644–1911), as well as the highly accomplished works of Mogul Indian (1526–1857) craftsmen whose skill inspired their Chinese counterparts. Also on display are a set of Chinese lapidary tools and illustrations of jade workshops, which introduce viewers to the traditional method of working jade.

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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 Zheng Chongbin: Clusters of Memory
    Place: Asia Society Texas Center - Houston, 1370 Southmore Blvd. , Texas, USA
    Date: Oct 28, 2017 to Jul 08, 2018
    Detail: Artist Zheng Chongbin fuses western abstraction with the Chinese calligraphic tradition in works of ink and acrylic on paper, finding contemporary relevance from earlier forms of Asian ink art. Zheng’s works examine themes of time and memory, and their cumulative effects on both humanity and the natural world. In his first solo exhibition at a U.S. museum, Zheng will be presenting paintings and for the first time, a large, multiplanar video sculpture installation which responds to the unique architecture of Asia Society Texas Center as a larger macrocosm.


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    New Miao Clothing and Jewelry from China
    Place: Minneapolis Institute of Art - Minneapolis, 2400 Third Avenue South, Minnesota, USA
    Date: Nov 04, 2017 to Jul 01, 2018
    Detail: One of the largest ethnic minorities in China, most Miao people live in the southern provinces of Guizhou, Hunan, and Yunnan. Like many cultures throughout Asia, Miao peoples employ textiles, clothing, and accessories to express their identity. For the Miao, elaborate festival costumes and silver adornments are the most important forms of visual art, and their embroidery and indigo-dyeing techniques are renowned. Clothing indicates the wearer’s age and marital status and marks important rites of passage. Traditional motifs record Miao history and beliefs, while decorative techniques, patterning, and stitches distinguish one group from another.

    This exhibition features nearly 50 examples from Mia’s collection of more than 1,200 textiles and 450 pieces of jewelry made in the last century by Miao artists.

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    New Talents and Beauties: Art of Women in Japan
    Place: Seattle Art Museum - Seattle, 1300 First Avenue, Washington, USA
    Date: Nov 04, 2017 to Jul 15, 2018
    Detail: Women have been well represented as a subject in Japanese art: they are portrayed for their beauty; for their talents in literature, music, and dance; and sometimes as female deities. While most of the women are shown from the perspective of a male gaze, these representations also provide us with a glimpse of the dynamic aspects of women’s lives.

    The earliest and most influential work of Japanese literature—The Tale of Genji—was written in the early 11th century by a woman known as Lady Murasaki Shikibu. The tale has captured the imagination of many with its accounts of the intrigues of courtly life and has had a profound impact on visual culture in Japan for more than a thousand years. On view in this gallery are examples of Genji pictures in various formats—folding screens, hanging scrolls, album leaves—all of which attest to the lasting appeal of the saga. Also on view are paintings of working women, as well as prints, kimono, and lacquerware that showcase women’s self-fashioning in daily life.


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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 Long Nineteen Century in Japanese Woodblock Prints
    Place: Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art - Eugene, 1430 Johnson Lane, Oregon, USA
    Date: Nov 18, 2017 to Jul 01, 2018
    Detail: The nineteenth century was a turning point in Japanese history, commonly associated with the transition from pre-modern feudal society of the Edo period (1615-1868) to the Western-style modernity of the Meiji Era (1868-1912). In the past, 1868 was considered to be a rupture, an overnight departure from the Japanese/East Asian way of life in all aspects of culture and society, after the forcible opening of Japan by the American Commodore Matthew Perry’s “Black Ships” a decade earlier. However, recent studies have shown that the cultural shift from Edo to Meiji was more gradual.


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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 Reflection and Enlightenment: Chinese Buddhist Gilt Bronzes from the Jane and Leopold Swergold Collection
    Place: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston - Houston, 1001 Bissonnet, Texas, USA
    Date: Nov 29, 2017 to Nov 18, 2018
    Detail: Reflection and Enlightenment features a selection of Chinese Buddhist gilt bronzes from the collection of Jane and Leopold Swergold.

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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 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 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 In Focus: Contemporary Japan
    Place: Minneapolis Institute of Art - Minneapolis, 2400 Third Avenue South, Minnesota, USA
    Date: Dec 23, 2017 to Aug 12, 2018
    Detail: Since the early 1990s, Japan has endured an ongoing economic recession and a series of natural disasters, including devastating earthquakes and tsunami. Artists have responded by co-opting or critiquing rampant consumerism and exploring identity and memory. All the while, they maintain a deep skepticism as to what the future may hold. Some have embraced the fantasy worlds found in manga (comic books) and anime (animation) as a form of escape. Others have turned their attention to the mundane aspects of everyday life, often using found materials readily at hand to ground their work in lived experience.



    This “In Focus” exhibition features works created after 2000, including loans and recent acquisitions by Kei Imazu, Chihiro Mori, Yasumasa Morimura, Takashi Murakami, Shinro Ohtake, as well as a Micropop Cinema screening of video work by Ryoko Aoki and Zon Ito, Taro Izumi, Chihiro Mori, and Koki Tanaka.

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    New Celebrating the Year of the Dog
    Place: The Met Fifth Avenue - New York, 1000 Fifth Avenue, USA
    Date: Jan 19, 2018 to Jul 04, 2018
    Detail: The traditional East Asian lunar calendar consists of a repeating 12-year cycle, with each year corresponding to one of the 12 animals in the East Asian zodiac (rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, ram, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig). These animals were first associated with the lunar calendar in China in the third century B.C., becoming firmly established by the first century. Each animal is believed to embody certain traits expressed in the character of the people born in that year. This Lunar New Year, which begins on February 16, 2018, is the Year of the Dog. People born in this year are thought to be active, loyal, and vigilant.

    Commonly known as \"man\'s best friend,\" the dog, as one of the earliest domesticated animals, has long performed many essential tasks, including hunting, herding, pulling loads, protection, and companionship. Archaeological evidence indicates that dogs were buried to accompany the deceased as early as in China\'s Shang dynasty (ca. 1500–1046 B.C.). By the Han dynasty (206 B.C.–A.D. 220), dogs were frequently represented in painting and metalwork, as well as in pottery tomb figures, and they remained a popular motif across all media for two millennia.

    To celebrate the Year of the Dog, this exhibition will present a selection of remarkable works, exclusively from The Met collection, that illustrate the animal\'s close association with Chinese daily life.


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    New Earthly Splendor: Korean Ceramics from the Collection
    Place: The Crow Collection - Dallas, 2010 Flora Street, Texas, USA
    Date: Jan 20, 2018 to Sep 09, 2018
    Detail: This exhibition pairs outstanding examples of contemporary and historical Korean ceramics from the museum’s permanent collection to highlight the material, aesthetic, stylistic, and technical developments that has taken place throughout history.


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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 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 Chitra Ganesh
    Place: Rubin Museum of Art - New York, 150 West 17th Street, USA
    Date: Feb 02, 2018 to Nov 04, 2018
    Detail: The mudra known as the scorpion gesture is said to have unlimited power and potential for transformation. Your presence will transform the Rubin galleries in Chitra Ganesh’s new series The Scorpion Gesture, causing her large-scale animations to appear as if by magic when you walk by select artworks. Ganesh has created five animated artistic “interventions” inspired by pieces in Gateway to Himalayan Art and Masterworks, using the figures of Padmasambhava, known as the Second Buddha, and Maitreya, the Future Buddha, as points of departure. The animations build on Ganesh’s longstanding investigation of mythology, imagery, and narrative in her multidisciplinary practice, integrating her drawings with elements from the Rubin’s collection. Developed with and animated by the STUDIO.


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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 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 Monument for the Anxious and Hopeful
    Place: The Rubin Museum of Art - New York, 150 West 17th St., USA
    Date: Feb 10, 2018 to Nov 11, 2018
    Detail: Anxiety and hope are often defined by a moment that has yet to arrive. How often do we memorialize our hopes and anxieties and consider their relationship to the future? A Monument for the Anxious and Hopeful is an opportunity to express your apprehensions and expectations for tomorrow, contemplate your sense of the future, and engage with the viewpoints of others.

    Inspired by Tibetan prayer flags and the anonymity of public spaces, artist Candy Chang and writer James A. Reeves ask Rubin visitors to engage with their community by sharing their anxieties or hopes on a card. At a glance, passersby in our Spiral Lobby will be able to glean the prevailing mood of respondents and, drawing closer, explore hundreds of individual meditations that range from personal, local, and specific statements to political, theoretical, and spiritual reflections.


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    New Fabricating Power with Balinese Textiles
    Place: Bard Graduate Center Gallery - New York, 18 West 86th Street, USA
    Date: Feb 23, 2018 to Jul 08, 2018
    Detail: Western scholars and artists converged on the tropical island of Bali, Indonesia, in the first half of the 20th century attracted by its unique culture and vibrant artistic practices. This exhibition considers the making and use of textiles as ceremonial objects that operate within a unique Balinese Hindu cosmology while exploring the role of textiles as symbols of cultural resilience and continuity. On view will be exquisite and rare pieces assembled from collections in the United States, including examples from the American Museum of Natural History that were collected by anthropologists Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson during their fieldwork in Bali. Deriving their aesthetic and ritual powers from techniques of fabrication and use in various lifecycle ceremonies, these textiles also serve as records of an important period in Balinese history. Drawing on information from the 1930s and recent research, the exhibition presents an overview of Balinese textiles and encourages visitors to consider the value of these objects as they are made and used today.


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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 Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India
    Place: The Museum of Fine Arts - Houston, 1001 Bissonnet Street, Texas, USA
    Date: Mar 04, 2018 to Aug 19, 2018
    Detail: Centuries of royal treasures from India come to the United States for the first time in an epic presentation. Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India features masterpieces and relics—never before seen beyond palace walls—that illustrate the history and artistic legacy of the Rathore dynasty.


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    New Excavating the Future City: Photographs by Naoya Hatakeyama
    Place: Minneapolis Institute of Art - Minneapolis, 2400 Third Avenue South, USA
    Date: Mar 04, 2018 to Jul 22, 2018
    Detail: Whether photographing limestone quarried by explosive blasts, the evolution of a city from a bird’s-eye-view, or recovery and reconstruction efforts of the artist’s tsunami-swept hometown in northeastern Japan, Naoya Hatakeyama’s photographic explorations have consistently traced the ways that human intervention alters nature and transforms it into the built environment. Each keenly composed image captures phases of creation, change, and destruction over time in Japan’s contemporary topographies. By documenting the lifecycles of these built and natural environments, Hatakeyama (Japanese, b. 1958) creates not just records of their past and present, but provides the possibility of imagining and projecting their future.

    The artist’s first thematic exhibition organized by a U.S. museum features approximately 90 works created over the last 30 years.


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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 Divine Bodies
    Place: Asian Art Museum - San Francisco, 200 Larkin St, California, USA
    Date: Mar 09, 2018 to Jul 29, 2018
    Detail: Bringing historical paintings and sculptures from mainly Hindu and Buddhist traditions together with contemporary photo-based work, Divine Bodies invites you to ponder the power of transformation, the possibility of transcendence and the relationship of the body to the cosmos.


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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 Vanishing Traditions: Textiles And Treasures From Southwest China
    Place: The George Washington University Museum - Washington, 701 21st Street, NW, USA
    Date: Mar 17, 2018 to Jul 09, 2018
    Detail: For centuries, minority cultures in southwest China have donned elaborate textiles, jewelry, and accessories for community celebrations. Dazzling festival costumes new to the museum’s collections explore traditions now endangered by modernization.


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    New Soul Mining
    Place: Vincent Price Art Museum - Monterey Park, East Los Angeles College, 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, California, USA
    Date: Mar 17, 2018 to Jul 14, 2018
    Detail: Soul Mining looks broadly at the influence of Asian labor and culture in the Americas with artists from Asia, Latin America, and the United States. Works on display uncover histories of forced migration, political struggle and transformation, and offer personal narratives to reconcile with these collective experiences.

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    New Binding the Clouds: The Art of Central Asian Ikat
    Place: The George Washington University Museum - Washington, 701 21st Street, NW, USA
    Date: Mar 17, 2018 to Jul 19, 2018
    Detail: Across Central Asia, oasis towns were once awash with the rainbow colors of ikat fabrics. Through exceptional artworks recently donated to the museum, this exhibition focuses on the sophisticated art of dyeing known in this region as abrband (binding the clouds).


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    New To Dye For: Ikats from Central Asia
    Place: Freer Gallery of Art / Arthur M. Sackler Gallery - Washington, 1050 Independence Ave SW, USA
    Date: Mar 24, 2018 to Jul 29, 2018
    Detail: With their brilliant designs, ikats are among the most distinct fabrics produced in Central Asia. The name, derived from the Malaysian word for “to tie,” refers to the distinct technique of making these textiles: bundles of threads are painstakingly patterned by repeated binding and dyeing before being woven. In present-day Uzbekistan and the Fergana Valley, the fabric is known as abri (cloud) and the technique as abrbandi (tying clouds), referring to the fluid yet bold motifs in bright colors.


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    New Chinese Buddhist Art, 10th–15th Centuries
    Place: Saint Louis Art Museum - St. Louis, 1 Fine Arts, Missouri, USA
    Date: Mar 30, 2018 to Aug 30, 2018
    Detail: In the centuries after Buddhism was introduced to China in the early part of the Han dynasty (AD 25–220), the style of Chinese Buddhist art developed its own unique characteristics. Spanning nearly 600 years—from the Five Dynasties (907–960) to the early part of the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644)—Chinese Buddhist Art, 10th–15th Centuries explores this evolution with rarely exhibited works from the Museum’s collection that depict significant Buddhist subjects, including bodhisattvas, arhats, and lotuses.


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    New Enchanted Mountains: Chinese Landscape Painting from Mia’s Collection
    Place: Minneapolis Institute of Art - Minneapolis, 2400 Third Avenue South, USA
    Date: Mar 31, 2018 to Nov 18, 2018
    Detail: “Enchanted Mountains” reveals the rich imaginations and sensitivities of Chinese landscape painters through a variety of artistic styles. The works on display showcase the colorful court style as well as the refined literati mode of pale color—or, in the subtlest technique of all, varying tones of pure black ink. Drawn from Mia’s collection, these works span 500 years of Chinese history (1200s–1800s) and demonstrate the spiritual, philosophical, and religious ideas that shaped this significant tradition in Chinese painting.


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    New Ancient and Alive: Japan’s Native Gods
    Place: Freer Gallery of Art / Arthur M. Sackler Gallery - Washington, 1050 Independence Ave SW, USA
    Date: Apr 01, 2018 to Jun 30, 2018
    Detail: In Japan, native religious beliefs and practices, commonly called Shinto, flourished and evolved even after the introduction of Buddhism in the sixth century. The beliefs trace back to ancient times, and shrines dedicated to the gods called kami remain an important part of communal life.

    Ancient accounts say the kami created the Japanese islands, and they reside in natural features of the land. Important kami, although unseen, live in shrines. Believers pray to kami to protect households, celebrate births and marriages, and ask for prosperous harvests. Like Buddhist deities, kami help in times of illness or disaster, though Buddhist ceremonies are usually held for the deceased.

    Kami enjoy music, processions, and entertainments, and many festivals are still held annually today. The screens in this gallery depict such celebrations during the Edo period (1615–1868), when their festivals included horse races, boating parties, and picnics, enjoyed by a broad sector of Japanese society.


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    New Center of the World: China and the Silk Road
    Place: Freer Gallery of Art / Arthur M. Sackler Gallery - Washington, 1050 Independence Ave SW, USA
    Date: Apr 02, 2018 to Jun 30, 2018
    Detail: Located in northwest China, Chang’an (modern Xi’an) served as the gateway to the so-called Silk Road, overland trade routes that linked the prosperous Tang empire with Central, West, and South Asia. Foreign merchants joined Buddhist missionaries, diplomatic envoys, translators, craftsmen, entertainers, and other skilled immigrants to transform Chang’an into a cosmopolitan city. This wealthy, worldly hub offered a ready market for exotic imports, including silver and gold objects, delicate glassware, and even grape wine. To meet accelerating demand for stylish goods, local artisans translated foreign designs into a Chinese style.

    Of all the travelers to Chang’an, the most successful group came from the distant kingdom of Sogdiana, located far to the west in modern Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. These Persian speakers seamlessly connected the cultural realms of China and Iran. While some traders and artisans traveled back and forth across Asia, others settled in China, where they helped fuel a fashion for Central Asian culture. One Sogdian community leader who died in China chose to be buried in a Sino-Sogdian manner and commissioned the funerary couch on view in this exhibition. Over time, the Sogdian population was gradually absorbed into Chinese society. Today, the Sogdians are regarded as a lost people.


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    New Promise of Paradise: Ancient Chinese Buddhist Sculpture
    Place: Freer Gallery of Art / Arthur M. Sackler Gallery - Washington, 1050 Independence Ave SW, USA
    Date: Apr 02, 2018 to Jun 30, 2018
    Detail: Siddhartha Gautama, a prince born some twenty-five hundred years ago, is recognized as the Historical Buddha, or “Awakened One.” His enlightenment freed him from the cycle of rebirth, and his teachings became Buddhism’s foundation.

    The religion spread at a phenomenal pace. By 100 CE, missionaries had taken the Buddha’s teachings from his birthplace in South Asia to China. Within a few hundred years, Chinese Buddhist thinkers and translators were expanding the canon, also making it available to believers in Korea and Japan.

    Buddhism’s rapid evolution transformed China’s artistic landscape. To modern eyes, Chinese Buddhist sculpture from the sixth through the eighth century is among the most appealing in the history of art. As explored in this gallery, the period produced massive cave sites, grand temples, and monumental stone figures, as well as smaller images for domestic altars.

    The buddhas, bodhisattvas, and disciples in this exhibition were made to inspire and guide believers on their spiritual path. Their beauty imparted the promise of paradise.


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    New Looking Out, Looking In: Art in Late Imperial China
    Place: Freer Gallery of Art / Arthur M. Sackler Gallery - Washington, 1050 Independence Ave SW, USA
    Date: Apr 02, 2018 to Jul 31, 2018
    Detail: Many of the powerful emperors of China’s last dynasties—the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1912)—were patrons, collectors, and casual practitioners of the arts. They used art to legitimize and glorify their rule. It served many functions: for state rituals, for expressing piety, to dazzle palace visitors, to build diplomatic relations, and for personal pleasure.

    The emperors’ officials oversaw the palace painting academy, imperial porcelain factory, and numerous other workshops. Their artists creatively reworked earlier traditions, which bolstered the emperors’ legitimacy by showing their command of China’s long history.

    Many emperors supported international trade with Japan and Korea, Southeast Asia, the Himalayas, and the Indian subcontinent as well as the Islamic world and Europe. These exchanges helped shape the development of Chinese art, especially in the early fifteenth-century and eighteenth-century courts emphasized in this gallery.

    While the Ming and Qing courts followed many of the same practices in government and art, the Ming emperors were native Chinese, and the Qing rulers were not. Heirs of Manchu chieftains who swept into China on horseback from the north, the Qing emperors embraced all things Chinese, but also steadfastly maintained their own traditions.


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    New Art and Industry: China’s Ancient Houma Foundry
    Place: Freer Gallery of Art / Arthur M. Sackler Gallery - Washington, 1050 Independence Ave SW, USA
    Date: Apr 02, 2018 to Jul 31, 2018
    Detail: The largest bronze foundry complex from antiquity was excavated at Houma in northern China in the mid-twentieth century. At the two-acre site, archaeologists discovered evidence of extremely sophisticated manufacturing techniques. Fragments of reused clay models, master pattern blocks, and decorated clay molds indicate the adoption of ceramic pattern transfers to cast ornamented bronze objects. Using pattern blocks to increase the speed and volume of production without sacrificing quality was an astonishing innovation. Their presence proves foundries at Houma operated with a specialized workforce and a division of labor.

    The facility was established around 585 BCE by the rulers of the State of Jin, who remained its chief patrons for about 150 years. Houma produced ornamented objects with complex, abstract designs, inlay, and what is now considered to be the earliest pictorial narratives in China. More than half of the objects featured in this exhibition were made at Houma. Other pieces illustrate the factory’s long-lasting influence and legacy that extended into the Western Han period (206 BCE–9 CE).


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    New Afterlife: Ancient Chinese Jades
    Place: Freer Gallery of Art / Arthur M. Sackler Gallery - Washington, 1050 Independence Ave SW, USA
    Date: Apr 02, 2018 to Jul 31, 2018
    Detail: A construction boom in China more than a century ago resulted in new railways and factories—and the accidental discovery of scores of rich ancient cemeteries. Buried in these tombs for thousands of years were jewelry and ritual objects, all laboriously crafted from jade. When Charles Lang Freer acquired many of them, their precise age was unknown. The modern science of archaeology was not practiced in China until 1928, when the Smithsonian sponsored its introduction. With the advent of archaeology came a better appreciation of the evolution of ancient Chinese mortuary culture and China’s art history.

    Today we know these jades represent the earliest epochs of Chinese civilization, the late Neolithic and early Bronze Age. Many came from the prehistoric burials of the Liangzhu culture (circa 3300–2250 BCE). These Stone Age people flourished in a large, fertile region between the modern cities of Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Nanjing. The graves they left behind now function like time capsules, providing insight into the dynamic character of ancient Chinese civilization during life and after death.


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    New Setting the Bar: Arts of the Song dynasty
    Place: Freer Gallery of Art / Arthur M. Sackler Gallery - Washington, 1050 Independence Ave SW, USA
    Date: Apr 02, 2018 to Jul 31, 2018
    Detail: China’s Song dynasty established many prototypes in government, society, and the arts. A system of schools and examinations for entering public office led to an efficient, centralized government headed by the emperor but staffed by well-educated commoners. Emerging as a class of scholar-officials, who were both artists themselves and consumers of art, these men looked to ancient tradition as a source for moral principle and creative inspiration.

    At the same time, a spirit of inquiry and close examination of nature led to advances in art and science. Widespread gains in literacy and disposable income also stimulated growth in the arts.

    Elegance and refinement in form, line, and color characterize the visual arts of China during the Song dynasty. As new technology enhanced ceramic production and the number of kilns rose, fresh approaches to decoration developed. The rise of ink painting paralleled a taste for monochrome ceramic glazes. A multitude of other painting styles and techniques emerged as well, with a strong preference for realistic detail, modulated colors, and individualized faces and postures.


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    New When Pictures Speak: The Written Word in Japanese Art
    Place: Asian Art Museum - San Francisco, 200 Larkin Street, California, USA
    Date: Apr 04, 2018 to Aug 19, 2018
    Detail: Words and pictures are often combined in Japanese art, to celebrate poems and stories, express religious teachings, and comment on current events. Though not unique to Japan, the marriage of text and image has flourished there, finding relevance within each new generation of artists, writers, and patrons.


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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 XianRui: 10 Years
    Place: Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco - San Francisco, 750 Kearny St, 3rd Floor, California, USA
    Date: Apr 07, 2018 to Aug 08, 2018
    Detail: XianRui (Fresh and Sharp) Artist Excellence series is a signature CCC program that has highlighted exceptional but under-recognized artists of Chinese descent. The 10 Year anniversary celebrates this unique platform that has supported artists at critical junctures in their careers through a major solo show. The exhibition and related programming explores the impact of the program on featured artists and the evolution of Asian American artistic discourse. XianRui: 10 Years invites back the alumni artists to reflect on their careers and future trajectories.

    CCC elevates underserved communities and is a voice for equality through education and contemporary art. Founded in 1965, our work is based in Chinatown and San Francisco’s open and public spaces, and other art institutions.


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    New New Pictures: Amar Kanwar, Such a Morning
    Place: Minneapolis Institute of Art - Minneapolis, 2400 Third Avenue South, USA
    Date: Apr 14, 2018 to Aug 12, 2018
    Detail: This exhibition premieres in the United States Such a Morning (2017) by New Delhi–based artist Amar Kanwar. A tale of quiet engagement with truth, the film begins with a solar eclipse, and follows a math professor as he isolates himself in an abandoned train carriage. It is a story full of conflicting moments, of lightness and darkness, as the professor gradually screens out all light and adapts to his encroaching blindness. Over time, the professor records his epiphanies and hallucinations in an Almanac of the Dark, an examination of 49 types of darkness that emerge as a series of letters.


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    New A Guided Tour of Hell
    Place: Asian Art Museum - San Francisco, 200 Larkin St, California, USA
    Date: Apr 20, 2018 to Sep 16, 2018
    Detail: A guided tour of one man’s harrowing descent into the Tibetan Buddhist realms of hell encourages us to contemplate the meaning of life and the consequences of negative action.


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    New Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China
    Place: Cincinnati Art Museum - Cincinnati, 953 Eden Park Drive, Ohio, USA
    Date: Apr 20, 2018 to Aug 12, 2018
    Detail: The exhibition will feature approximately 120 individual objects, which include terracotta figures of warriors, arms and armor, ritual bronze vessels, works in gold and silver, jade ornaments, precious jewelry, and ceramics, all drawn from the collections of art museums and archaeological institutes in Shaanxi province, China. Dating from the Pre-Qin period (770–221 BC) to the Qin dynasty (221–206 BC), these works of art, excavated from the emperor’s mausoleum, as well as aristocratic and nomadic tombs, will represent history, myths, and burials in ancient China.

    The exhibition will explore the following themes: the birth of the Qin empire and cultural diversity in ancient China; the First Emperor and unified China; and the quest for immortality. Through presenting rich archaeological finds, the exhibition will provide a glimpse into the ongoing excavations and research, which continue to shed new light on the Qin culture and the First Emperor’s burial complex.


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    New On the Shelves of Kam Wah Chung & Co.: General Store and Apothecary in John Day, Oregon
    Place: The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) - New York, 215 Centre Street, USA
    Date: Apr 26, 2018 to Sep 09, 2018
    Detail: On the Shelves of Kam Wah Chung is an immersive exhibition that celebrates the medical practice of Ing “Doc” Hay who became a prominent figure in eastern Oregon after the California Gold Rush.

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    New Chinese Medicine in America: Converging Ideas, People, and Practices
    Place: Museum of Chinese in America - New York, 215 Centre Street, USA
    Date: Apr 26, 2018 to Sep 09, 2018
    Detail: Chinese Medicine in America: Converging Ideas, People and Practices is a sweeping cultural exploration of Chinese medicine that combines ancient metaphysical concepts including yin yang, qi, and five phases with the modern practices of Chinese medicine in America, such as herbal treatments and acupuncture. The exhibition tells a cross-cultural story of Chinese medicine and practices in America through historical medical artifacts, contemporary art, and profiles on notable figures in Chinese medicine history to create an engaging space for exploring how medicine, philosophy and history are linked.

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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 One Hand Clapping
    Place: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum - New York, 1071 Fifth Avenue, USA
    Date: May 04, 2018 to Oct 21, 2018

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    New The world as seen from Asia
    Place: Musée national des Arts Asiatiques - Guimet - Paris, 6 place d’Iéna, France
    Date: May 16, 2018 to Sep 03, 2018

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    New Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival
    Place: Bowers Museum - Santa Ana, 2002 North Main Street, California, USA
    Date: May 26, 2018 to Aug 19, 2018
    Detail: Santa Ana, CA Bowers Kidseum will open Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival in May 2018; a new exhibition to promote understanding of Vietnamese culture.

    Children and their parents throughout the country will delight in the opportunity to discover the beauty, sights and sounds of Vietnam through its most important celebration of the year, Tet.


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    New Clouds Stretching for a Thousand Miles: Ink in Asian Art
    Place: Asia Society - New York, 725 Park Avenue, USA
    Date: Jun 22, 2018 to Aug 12, 2018
    Detail: This exhibition celebrates the versatility and enduring influence of the calligraphic ink tradition across Asia. The works on view, selected from Asia Society Museum’s new acquisitions of contemporary ink and calligraphic art, highlight exemplary works by Gu Wenda, Minjung Kim, Qiu Zhijie, Sun Xun, and Wang Dongling. These contemporary works, displayed alongside two illuminated Qur’ans from China and Central Asia, reveal the innovative use of ink and calligraphy in visual expression, from the thirteenth century to the present, across Asia and the diaspora.


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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 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 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 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.

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    10 am to 6 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
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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 A Taste for the Exotic European: Silks of the Eighteenth Century
    Place: Abegg-Stiftung - Riggisberg, Werner Abeggstrasse 67 , Switzerland
    Date: Apr 29, 2018 to Nov 11, 2018
    Detail: Early eighteenth-century silks are remarkable for their profu-sion of exotic patterns. The textile designers who created them were inspired by illustrated accounts of travels in Asian lands as well as wares imported from the Near and Far East. These influences gave rise to fabrics with bizarre compositions and chinoiseries. Frequently changing pattern styles defined what counted as fashionable. This special exhibition presents a selection of these magnificent silks along with elegant ladies’ and gentlemen’s costumes from the same period.


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    New A CENTURY OF WOMEN IN CHINESE ART
    Place: Ashmolean Museum - Oxford, Beaumont Street, United Kingdom
    Date: May 01, 2018 to Oct 14, 2018

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    New Asian Tobacco Pipes
    Place: Amsterdam Pipe Museum - Amsterdam, Prinsengracht 488, Netherlands
    Date: Jun 04, 2018 to Aug 25, 2018
    Detail: Amsterdam Pipe Museum gets silver treasure.

    It concerns a specific bequest of a private collection, assembled over more than forty years. The interest of the collector was metal smoking equipment. In addition to iron and bronze pipes, the deceased collector was able to find more than 150 silver specimens of smoking pipes. These are rare and precious pieces that are a unique addition to the collection of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum.

    Collector Felix van Tienhoven was sent all over the world for his work at Netherlands\' largest electronics company. Among other places, he lived in Brazil and Japan. Together with his wife he made marvelous journeys, preferably to exotic countries like Sudan, Tibet, the Philippines. Everywhere he bought local smoking equipment, tobacco pipes but also water pipes. Curator Don Duco of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum: \" Van Tienhoven focussed on pipes made of unusual materials with a preference for metal. Especially in Asia there is a rich smoking culture, where the tobacco pipe as a personal item had a high status and corresponding value. We appreciate the importance of the collection in particular because Van Tienhoven neatly kept track of where he bought the pipes. This means that the origin is very well documented. \"

    The legacy was a complete surprise for the museum. Duco: \"I sometimes spoke with Felix about the destination of his collection. Years ago he considered giving back objects to museums in countries where the pipes originally came from. I consider it a great honor that he finally decided to hold this unique collection together with our museum as the final destination. \"Now the complete collection of more than 400 pieces is being added to the Amsterdam Pipe Museum. This Amsterdam museum is unique in its focus on smoking culture and is widely regarded as the most extraordinary pipe collection in the world.

    A nice example of a \'tribal pipe\' is the pipe from Tibet, the stem of which is made of a yak horn. This is provided with a silver fitting and finally embellished with colourful semi-precious stones. Van Tienhoven has bought several of these rare pipes on the spot. He traveled through these countries in the ’70s when there was no tourist yet and authentic objects were still available.

    From 4 June to 25 August 2018, an overview of the Van Tienhoven bequest will be shown in the Amsterdam Pipe Museum. For the first time, parts of this private collection is shown in public. The museum is open Mon. until Sat. 12 AM till 6 PM.


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    New Four centuries of South Asian Paintings and Manuscripts
    Place: The Queen\'s Gallery, Buckingham Palace - London, Buckingham Palace Rd, Westminster, United Kingdom
    Date: Jun 08, 2018 to Oct 14, 2018
    Detail: The Royal Collection\'s group of South Asian paintings and manuscripts contains some of the most important and well-preserved examples in the world. For the first time, highlights from this superb collection will be brought together in an exhibition at The Queen\'s Gallery exploring the long-standing relationship between the British Crown and South Asia. From illuminated Mughal manuscripts and exquisite natural history paintings to modern masterpieces and vivid depictions of the Hindu pantheon of gods, the works of art on display will span a geographical expanse from Kashmir to Kerala and a period of more than 400 years.


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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 The Palace Museum Ge Ware Exhibition
    Place: The Palace Museum - Beijing, 4 Jingshan Qianjie, People's Republic Of China
    Date: Nov 12, 2017 to Aug 31, 2018
    Detail: In the history of ceramics in China, the Ru Kiln, Guan Kiln, Ge Kiln, Ding Kiln, and Jun Kiln are collectively known as the \'Five Great Kilns\'. The Palace Museum, a national-level museum, houses one of the largest collections of the finest artifacts from these Five Great Kilns, most of which were part of the Qing dynasty court collection.

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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 LOVE Long: Robert Indiana and Asia
    Place: Asia Society Hong Kong Center - Admiralty, 9 Justice Drive, Hong Kong
    Date: Feb 07, 2018 to Jul 15, 2018
    Detail: This exhibition presents some of the most memorable works by the legendary American Pop artist Robert Indiana (b.1928) along with works by eight Asian artists and collectives from Asia: Kutluğ Ataman, Candy Factory, Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, Chim↑Pom, He An, Hung Keung, Charwei Tsai, and Xu Bing. Threading through these multilingual, multicultural works is a sustained investigation of language. These artists share poetic sensibilities with Indiana, creating work that examines the nuances between words and images. LOVE Long affirms that art is a universal language built upon the fundamental human desire to express and communicate.


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    New The Blue Road: Mastercrafts from Persia
    Place: Liang Yi Museum - Sheung Wan, 181-199 Hollywood Road, Hong Kong
    Date: Mar 20, 2018 to Jun 24, 2018
    Detail: Curated by Dr. Yuka Kadoi, The Blue Road: Mastercrafts from Persia is not only the first, but also the most dedicated and comprehensive exhibition surveying different aspects of the colour blue in Persian art and history, ever to be held in Hong Kong.


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    New The Glass that Gallé Adored — Glass from the Qing Imperial Collection
    Place: Suntory Museum of Art - Tokyo, Tokyo Midtown Galleria 3F, 9-7-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Japan
    Date: Apr 25, 2018 to Jul 01, 2018
    Detail: The Qing Dynasty was an extraordinary period in the long history of Chinese glass. The great strides made during this period were due to the decision of the fourth Qing emperor, Kangxi, to establish a glassworks inside the Forbidden City in 1696. His successor, Yongzheng, continued the project, which reached its peak during the reign of the sixth emperor, Qianlong. Qing glass treated transparency and opaqueness as equals and was imbued with great dignity. In this exhibition, we introduce Qing works with extraordinarily beautiful designs with works by Emile Gallé influenced by them.


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    New Bosshard In China: Documenting Social Change In The 1930s
    Place: University Museum and Art Gallery, University of Hong Kong - Hong Kong, 90 Bonham Road, Hong Kong
    Date: Apr 27, 2018 to Aug 05, 2018
    Detail: The University Museum and Art Gallery (UMAG) of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) will present Bosshard in China: Documenting Social Change in the 1930s from April 27 to August 5, 2018. Bosshard in China offers a comprehensive sweep of black and white photographs and documentary films produced by Swiss photo-journalist Walter Bosshard. Living and traveling extensively in China from 1933 to 1939, Bosshard was one of the earliest journalists to record this critical decade in Chinese and world history.

    The exhibition is organised into thematic sections that give insight into the photographer’s mind as he traversed myriad landscapes and social conditions, from Beijing to Lake Qinghai in western China; from the bombing of Hankou to Mongolian shepherds on the steppe. Apart from filming daily life, Bosshard also photographed and interviewed key political figures, including Mao Zedong in Yan’an, Chiang Kai-shek and Soong Mei-ling, Madame Chiang Kai-shek.

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    New 100 Faces of Tai Kwun
    Place: Duplex Studio, Police Headquarters Block (Block 01) - Central, 10 Hollywood Road, Hong Kong
    Date: May 29, 2018 to Sep 02, 2018
    Detail: Tai Kwun’s inaugural exhibition, ‘100 Faces of Tai Kwun’, immerses visitors into 100 stories, collected from 100 kaifongs and friends in the past two years, to explore the history of the Central Police Station compound, as well as the myriads of intricate relationships cultivated here in the neighbourhood.

    Those whose lives had intertwined with Tai Kwun come from all walks of life; some are ex-officers and ex-offenders, while others are shop owners and kaifongs in the neighbourhood. The rest might have passed by or visited the compound, including photographers, journalists, architects, etc. Together, their stories reveal different facets of Tai Kwun, which represent the heart and soul of this place.

    This kaleidoscopic picture of Central and Tai Kwun features illustrations by local artist Flyingpig who has given a refreshing touch to these stories; her book ‘Once Upon a Time in Tai Kwun’ will be published along with the exhibition. Besides, voice actors from the well-known radio drama ‘18/F Block C’ at Commercial Radio Hong Kong have been invited to ‘gossip’ some of these stories about our kaifongs to you.

    The exhibition venue, Duplex Studio of Block 01, has been transformed into a mini-Central within which visitors will traverse various tong laus to meet our kaifongs. Your journey goes beyond the exhibition — venture out to our dear neighbourhood to create your own story here.

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    New A Beast, a God, and a Line
    Place: Pyinsa Rasa Art Space at the Secretariat & Myanm/art Gallery Yangon - Yangon, 98 Bo Galay Zay Street, Myanmar
    Date: Jun 06, 2018 to Jun 22, 2018
    Detail: The exhibition works from the perspective of the current critical moment in the world, with its generalised loss of confidence in the ideals and certainties of Western liberal democracy that have shaped globalisation in the previous decades. Across the region, as well as in the West’s centres of power, alternatives and challenges to the liberal consensus are being unfolded, often based on various attempts to create parallel narratives to Western modernity. The arising question is, what comes after the loss of this unifying ideal that drove our world over the past decades? What, if anything, should still be defended from it? Contemporary art has been a privileged expression of that globalising drive, often serving it rather paradoxically through essentialising regional shows, something this exhibition decidedly rejects. As the breakdown in the unity of ideals that lead to globalisation is challenging the basis of a common ground for contemporary art, the exhibition wonders how other shared premises could be negotiated. How can an aesthetic basis for the language of contemporary art be accepted if the ideological bases of contemporary art are crumbling? How can positions that claim disparate and conflicting genealogies sit together in a shared exhibition space?


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    New The Ryukyu Kingdom of Beauty
    Place: Suntory Museum of Art - Tokyo, Tokyo Midtown Galleria 3F, 9-7-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Japan
    Date: Jul 18, 2018 to Sep 02, 2018
    Detail: The many islands of Okinawa, formerly called Ryukyu, were where the drama of one of East Asia’s most glorious maritime kingdoms was staged. The Ryukyu Kingdom, building on its cultural riches, developed its own distinctive arts, including gorgeous textiles, dazzling lacquer, and paintings, stimulated by its neighboring countries, including China and Japan. This exhibition is an opportunity to explore the brilliance of Ryukyu Kingdom art, in which East Asian cultures were blended to create new beauty, in a special collection of rare works, including treasures from the Ryukyu Kingdom’s Sho Dynasty.


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    New Treasures from Daigoji Temple
    Place: Suntory Museum of Art - Tokyo, Tokyo Midtown Galleria 3F, 9-7-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Japan
    Date: Sep 19, 2018 to Nov 11, 2018
    Detail: As a center for Shingon Esoteric Buddhism, Kyoto’s Daigoji temple has long been a setting for historic events. In this exhibition, we explore Daigoji’s transformations from the Heian period down to modern times, using rarely shown historical materials and documents, with a primary focus on Buddhist statues and paintings designated as National Treasures or Important Cultural Properties. This will also be an extraordinary opportunity to see historical materials related to the famed cherry blossom viewing at Daigoji held by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1598, together with fusuma paintings and gorgeous depictions of Daigoji in modern art.


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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 TEFAF New York Fall 2018
    Place: Park Avenue Armory - New York, 643 Park Avenue, USA
    Date: Oct 27, 2018 to Oct 31, 2018
    Detail: The New York Fall Fair is a joint venture between TEFAF and the art investment advisory firm, Artvest Partners. It is TEFAF's debut outside Europe and allows a vital, transatlantic meeting ground for a global community of dealers, collectors, curators, interior designers and art-and-antiques enthusiasts.


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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 Parcours des mondes 2018
    Place: Saint-Germain-des-Prés - Paris, France
    Date: Sep 11, 2018 to Sep 16, 2018
    Detail: More than 60 of the world\'s best international dealers specializing in tribal and Asian art, come together in Paris for the 16th annual presentation of the leading even in its field.


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    New Art Jakarta
    Place: The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta - Jakarta, Pacific Place, Indonesia
    Date: Aug 02, 2018 to Aug 05, 2018
    Detail: Since its first edition in 2009, Art Jakarta has developed and established itself as the most prominent contemporary art fair in Indonesia and the region. As the first and foremost art fair in Indonesia, Art Jakarta embraces all stakeholders, from artists, galleries, collectors, to art enthusiasts, and serves as a platform in the development of Indonesia's art market and discovery of new talent. 2018 will be an important year for Art Jakarta as it will mark its 10th anniversary.


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    New Kalaa Spandan Art Fair
    Place: Nehru Centre - Mumbai, India
    Date: Nov 23, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018
    Detail: Indian Art Promoter has started Kalaa Spandan Art Fair in order to render the art arena an opportunity to showcase their artistic talents through a very economical platform in metro cities of India & abroad & thus enabling the art fraternity to find out the elegant creations as well as the unveiled, untold & unimagined contemporary artworks from various corners of the globe at an affordable cost.

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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 Perfumes of China, the culture of incense in imperial times
    Place: Musée Cernuschi - Paris, 7 avenue Vélasquez, France
    Date: Mar 09, 2018 to Aug 26, 2018
    Detail: This exhibition presents a novel approach of Chinese civilisation through the exploration of the art of incense and perfume in China from the 3rd century BCE to the 19th century.

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    New Talisman In The Age Of Difference
    Place: Stephen Friedman Gallery - London, 25-28 Old Burlington Street, United Kingdom
    Date: Jun 05, 2018 to Jul 21, 2018
    Detail: Curated by pioneering British artist Yinka Shonibare MBE, \'Talisman in the Age of Difference\' is a journey of encounters that explores ideas of magic and subversive beauty in work by artists of African origin and across the diaspora and artists who empathise with the spirit of African resistance and representation. Presenting an eclectic and surprising range of works, the exhibition includes painting, sculpture, drawing and other objects from the early twentieth century to the present day.
    Like Shonibare, all of these artists value art as a talisman: a vehicle for change. At the heart of the exhibition, Shonibare is asking, \'Can political art truly convey the power of its subject? Can art that is unconventionally beautiful be a form of resistance? \'Talisman in the Age of Difference\' seeks to answer these questions.


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    New 2018 NCTA Teaching East Asian Literature Workshop
    Place: Indiana University East Asian Studies Center - Bloomington, 355 North Jordan Avenue, Indiana, USA
    Date: Jul 08, 2018 to Jul 13, 2018
    Detail: Each day professors and experts will lead lectures and discussions on the literature and history of China, Japan, and Korea. Every afternoon a high school world literature teacher experienced in teaching East Asian literature will lead strategy sessions on how to teach the works at the high school level.

    Workshop sessions will be supplemented with daily cultural activities and film screenings. Participation includes: • Set of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean literary works covered in workshop (mailed to participants prior to workshop) • Free lodging at the Indiana Memorial Union Biddle Hotel • At least one meal a day • Certificate of completion • Option to purchase three graduate credits from Indiana University • $300 school resource-buying grant for purchasing East Asian literature for classroom use, provided upon completion of all requirements


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    New Resistance Reimagined: East Asian Languages And Cultures Graduate Student Symposium
    Place: University of Southern California - Los Angeles, 3501 Trousdale Parkway, USA
    Date: Sep 29, 2018
    Detail: The University of Southern California hosts a graduate symposium on the new forms of resistance in society and political change.


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    New Post-Humanism In Modern Chinese Culture
    Place: University of New Hampshire - Durham, 15 Library Way, New Hampshire, USA
    Date: Sep 29, 2018 to Sep 30, 2018
    Detail: The Confucius Institute at the University of New Hampshire presents a conference focused on the study of post-humanism in modern Chinese culture.


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    New Fine Asian Works of Art
    Place: Bonhams - San Francisco, 220 San Bruno Avenue, California, USA
    Date: Jun 26, 2018

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    New Asian Art
    Place: Heritage Auctions - Beverly Hills, 9478 West Olympic, First Floor, California, USA
    Date: Jun 29, 2018

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    New Asian Works of Art
    Place: Leslie Hindman Auctioneers - Chicago, 1338 West Lake Street, USA
    Date: Sep 24, 2018 to Sep 25, 2018

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    New Art of Islam and India
    Place: Ader Nordmann at Hotel Drouot - Paris, Room 2 - Drouot-Richelieu, 9, rue Drouot , France
    Date: Jun 29, 2018

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    New Asian Art
    Place: Bonhams - Edinburgh, 22 Queen St, United Kingdom
    Date: Jul 11, 2018

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    New Asian Art
    Place: Bonhams - Edinburgh, 22 Queen St, United Kingdom
    Date: Dec 05, 2018

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    New Images of Devotion
    Place: Bonhams - 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Suite 2001, One Pacific Place, Hong Kong
    Date: Oct 02, 2018

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