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Ritual Offerings in Tibetan Art

Tibetan religious paintings (thangka), illuminated manuscripts, temple and monastic furniture, and detailed murals frequently depict myriad ritual objects and symbolic offerings to the protective deities in Buddhism known as the dharmapala, who are believed to defend and foster the religion. These evocative works of art were created for use during ceremonies performed primarily to obtain mundane blessings, such as to attain wealth or avert calamities, or to overcome negative spiritual forces hindering enlightenment.

On-line exhibition from November 14, 2014

London: The Fall Season 2014

From 30th October to 8th November, London's leading Asian art dealers, auction houses and academic and cultural institutions will unite to present an exciting programme of gallery receptions, auctions, lectures, symposia and museum exhibitions. Sample of the magnificent selection of Asian antiques from: India; Islam; China; Japan; the Himalayas and Korea, spanning some 5000 years of culture - including ceramics, furniture, glass, jade, jewellery, manuscripts, metalwork, paintings, screens, stone carvings and textiles.

On-line exhibition from September 26, 2014

Asian Art in Brussels 2014

Bringing together leading Asian art dealers in the historical heart of Brussels - at the SABLON - for a series of gallery sales exhibitions and cultural activities. All artworks on sale will be vetted by a panel of international experts. The program includes conferences by specialists in Asian Art, in cooperation with museums and cultural institutions.

Asian Art in Brussels 2014

On-line exhibition from May 27, 2014

Yoga: The Art of Transformation

The Asian Art Museum presents Yoga: The Art of Transformation, the first major art exhibition to explore yoga and its historical transformation over the past 2,500 years through more than 130 rare and compelling artworks. The exhibition debuted in the Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, where it was on view from October 19, 2013 – January 26, 2014.

On-line exhibition from April 10, 2014

New York: Asia Week 2014

Asianart.com presents a special on-line exhibition for the annual spring Asian Art week in New York City. Asia Week New York is a collaboration of top-tier Asian art specialists, major auction houses, and world-renowned museums and Asian cultural institutions. Asianart.com galleries are listed first, then other galleries and dealers.

Asia Week New York 2014

On-line exhibition from March 04, 2014

In the Land of Snow: Buddhist Art of the Himalayas

In the Land of Snow is Norton Simon Museum's first large-scale exhibition of Himalayan Buddhist art, bringing together exceptional Indian, Nepalese and Tibetan Buddhist sculptures along with significant thangka (flat field) paintings from throughout the Himalayan region. Almost all of the Museum's thangkas are on display for this special occasion, in addition to a number of generous loans.

On-line exhibition from February 14, 2014

London: The Fall Season 2013

From 31st October to 9th November, London's leading Asian art dealers, auction houses and academic and cultural institutions will unite to present an exciting programme of gallery receptions, auctions, lectures, symposia and museum exhibitions. Sample of the magnificent selection of Asian antiques from: India; Islam; China; Japan; the Himalayas and Korea, spanning some 5000 years of culture - including ceramics, furniture, glass, jade, jewellery, manuscripts, metalwork, paintings, screens, stone carvings and textiles.

On-line exhibition from October 08, 2013

Asian Art in Brussels 2013

Bringing together leading Asian art dealers in the historical heart of Brussels - at the SABLON - for a series of gallery sales exhibitions and cultural activities. All artworks on sale will be vetted by a panel of international experts. The program includes conferences by specialists in Asian Art, in cooperation with museums and cultural institutions.

On-line exhibition from May 27, 2013

New York: Asia Week 2013

Asianart.com presents a special on-line exhibition for the annual spring Asian Art week in New York City. Asia Week New York is a collaboration of top-tier Asian art specialists, major auction houses, and world-renowned museums and Asian cultural institutions. Asianart.com galleries are listed first, then other galleries and dealers.

Asia Week New York 2013

On-line exhibition from February 28, 2013

Out of Character: Decoding Chinese Calligraphy

Out of Character: Decoding Chinese Calligraphy is a compelling exhibition examining the complexities of this time-honored art form through 40 calligraphies—including 15 noted masterworks, many on public view for the first time—all borrowed from the significant collection of Bay Area entrepreneur Jerry Yang. The calligraphies are supplemented with three major abstract expressionist paintings, plus a newly commissioned video installation by acclaimed international contemporary artist Xu Bing.

On-line exhibition from February 05, 2013

London: The Fall Season 2012

From 1st to 10th November, London's leading Asian art dealers, auction houses and academic and cultural institutions will unite to present an exciting programme of gallery receptions, auctions, lectures, symposia and museum exhibitions. Sample of the magnificent selection of Asian antiques from: India; Islam; China; Japan; the Himalayas and Korea, spanning some 5000 years of culture - including ceramics, furniture, glass, jade, jewellery, manuscripts, metalwork, paintings, screens, stone carvings and textiles.

On-line exhibition from October 09, 2012

Brussels Oriental Art Fair 2012

The 8th BRUSSELS ORIENTAL ART FAIR, B.O.A.Fair asbl, June 6th - 10th, 2012, an event created by international specialists in Oriental Art. The aim of the galleries subscribing to the event is to share their knowledge with the visitors and to promote the understanding of Oriental Art.

On-line exhibition from May 18, 2012

New York: Asia Week 2012

Asianart.com presents a special on-line exhibition for the annual spring Asian Art week in New York City, featuring items from the Arts of Pacific Asia Show exhibitors and other dealers and galleries taking part in the events of Asia Week New York.

Asia Week New York 2012

On-line exhibition from February 17, 2012

MAHARAJA: The Splendor of India's Royal Courts

MAHARAJA: The Splendor of India's Royal Courts

The Asian Art Museum opens its doors to the dazzling world of India's legendary maharajas with the U.S. premiere of MAHARAJA: The Splendor of India's Royal Courts. The exhibition, organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, presents nearly 200 important artworks pertaining to the intriguing world of India's rulers over three centuries. Maharaja is the first exhibition to explore comprehensively the world of the maharajas and their unique culture of artistic patronage.

On-line exhibition from February 09, 2012

Mukhalinga: Ritual bronzes of South India

The lingam signs the presence of the invisible, transcendental Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction. But in reality it combines the three functions of creation, defence and destruction. The term indicates an emblem, a symbol of Shiva, sign of the male sex: the phallus. The end of the eighteenth century witnessed the widespread custom of superimposing a metal - brass, bronze - cover on these symbols, bearing a representation of the god's features: the mukhalinga.

Mukhalinga

On-line exhibition from October 31, 2011

London: The Fall Season 2011

London: The Fall Season 2011

From 3rd to 12th November, London's leading Asian art dealers, auction houses and academic and cultural institutions will unite to present an exciting programme of gallery receptions, auctions, lectures, symposia and museum exhibitions. Sample of the magnificent selection of Asian antiques from: India; Islam; China; Japan; the Himalayas and Korea, spanning some 5000 years of culture - including ceramics, furniture, glass, jade, jewellery, manuscripts, metalwork, paintings, screens, stone carvings and textiles.

On-line exhibition from October 13, 2011

Bhuta: Masks and Ritual Objects of the Spirits

The Sanskrit word bhuta, meaning “passed away” or “spirit”, refers to the ancestral cult which is still actively practiced in the Tulu Nadu region (South coastal Karnataka, India). In contrast to religions in which unanimated idols are worshipped, bhuta ceremonies or bhuta kola are characterized by the interaction between the audience and the oracle who receives the invoked spirit. Through the voice of this oracle, the bhuta answers practical questions, solves quarrels and thus acts as a judge whose word cannot be discussed.

Bhuta: Masks and Ritual Objects of the Spirits

On-line exhibition from August 04, 2011

Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance

Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance

Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance brings the art and artists of Bali to San Francisco, introducing museum visitors to Balinese history and religious beliefs, and illuminating the ways that performance and rituals are integrated into daily life. From woven palm-leaf images of the rice goddess to terrifying wood sculptures of Hindu deities, from gilded chairs for kings to painted palanquins for the gods, from offerings made for family shrines to masks carved for foreign tourists, this close examination of Balinese art includes some 130 diverse artworks.

On-line exhibition from June 22, 2011

Beyond Golden Clouds: Five Centuries of Japanese Screens

An ideal combination of function and beauty, Japanese folding screens, or byōbu ("wind wall"), have inspired generations of artists to create career-defining masterpieces; indeed, screens represent some of the highest accomplishments of Japanese painting.

Beyond Golden Clouds: Five Centuries of Japanese Screens

On-line exhibition from May 19, 2011

Brussels Oriental Art Fair 2011

The 7th BRUSSELS ORIENTAL ART FAIR, B.O.A.Fair asbl, June 8th - 12th, 2011, an event created by international specialists in Oriental Art. The aim of the galleries subscribing to the event is to share their knowledge with the visitors and to promote the understanding of Oriental Art.

On-line exhibition from May 11, 2011

Living Treasures of Nepal: Masters of Ancient Techniques in a Modern World

Co-curated by renowned American metal smith and artist Barbara Cook and KSU Professor of Visual Arts Lin Hightower this exhibition highlights the efforts of a group of progressive artisans of Nepal whose works preserve the ancient techniques of master Nepali stonecutters, wood carvers and painters.

On-line exhibition from March 17, 2011

New York: Asia Week 2011

New York: Asia Week 2011

Asianart.com presents a special on-line exhibition for the annual spring Asian Art week in New York City, featuring items from the Arts of Pacific Asia Show exhibitors and other dealers and galleries taking part in the events of Asia Week New York.

On-line exhibition from February 25, 2011

Buddhist Sculptures in Tibet

Buddhist Sculptures in Tibet, presented by Ulrich von Schroeder, contains 527 digital photographs including the 108 sculptures excerpted from his monumental 2 - volume work of the same title and presented in 108 Buddhist Statues in Tibet, plus 419 of the most important sculptures in the Jokhang in Lhasa. These photographs can be downloaded free of charge by anyone.

On-line exhibition from December 07, 2010

The Colours of Silence

Luigi Fieni’s bond with this continent was born thanks to restoration, his main profession, which led him so far from his country, Italy. By chance, or maybe Karma is the word that should be used, what should have been a couple of months project of conservation in Nepal, turned to be his multi-year experience in the Himalayas as a conservator.

On-line exhibition from October 13, 2010

London: The Fall Season 2010

From 4th to 13th November, London's leading Asian art dealers, auction houses and academic and cultural institutions will unite to present an exciting programme of gallery receptions, auctions, lectures, symposia and museum exhibitions. Sample of the magnificent selection of Asian antiques from: India; Islam; China; Japan; the Himalayas and Korea, spanning some 5000 years of culture - including ceramics, furniture, glass, jade, jewellery, manuscripts, metalwork, paintings, screens, stone carvings and textiles.

On-line exhibition from October 04, 2010

Tradition Transformed: Tibetan Artists Respond

Tradition Transformed: Tibetan Artists Respond—the first exhibition of contemporary Tibetan art presented in a New York City museum—features nine artists who grapple with these very issues of cultural and artistic negotiation and who work with traditional forms in innovative ways.

On-line exhibition from June 09, 2010

Brussels Oriental Art Fair 2010

The 6th BRUSSELS ORIENTAL ART FAIR, B.O.A.Fair asbl, June 9th to June 13th 2010, an event created by international specialists in Oriental Art. The aim of the galleries subscribing to the event is to share their knowledge with the visitors and to promote the understanding of Oriental Art.

New York: Asia Week 2010

On-line exhibition from May 28, 2010

CONFUCIUS: His Life and Legacy in Art

This landmark exhibition on the extraordinary philosopher, statesman and teacher known as Confucius at China Institute focuses on the teachings and continuing influence of Confucius, who has become increasingly synonymous with Chinese culture.  Nearly 100 objects from the world of Confucius and his ennobled descendants are exhibited, including hanging scrolls, album leaves, bronze vessels, stone carvings, jade ceremonial implements, wood-block prints and textiles.

On-line exhibition from April 08, 2010

New York: Asia Week 2010

Asianart.com presents a special on-line exhibition for the annual spring Asian Art week in New York City, featuring items from the Arts of Pacific Asia Show exhibitors and other dealers and galleries taking part in the events of Asia Week New York.

New York: Asia Week 2010

On-line exhibition from March 17, 2010

Tracing the Past, Drawing the Future: Master Ink Painters in 20th-Century China

This landmark exhibition illuminates a turning point in the development of Chinese ink painting during the 20th century. Drawing upon paintings and calligraphy on loan from Chinese collections new to American audiences, the exhibition highlights the monumental portraits, vibrant bird-and-flower painting and spectacular landscapes by Wu Changshuo (1844-1927), Qi Baishi (1864-1957), Huang Binhong (1865-1955) and Pan Tianshou (1897-1971).

On-line exhibition from February 03, 2010

Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam & Burma, 1775-1950

The first exhibition of its kind to use a systematic approach to present artworks from this region and period. The exhibition features more than 140 artworks drawn exclusively from Asian Art Museum, San Francisco’s collection. All works here are from the Museum’s own collection, two-thirds a premiere of acquisitions donated from Doris Duke’s personal collection.

On-line exhibition from December 09, 2009

The Ring of Fire: contemporary works of Southeast Asian ceramic artists

Sixteen Filipino potters and ten other Southeast Asian ceramic artists exhibited their works at the Ayala Museum from September 21 to October 4, 2009. This convergence of ASEAN potters was the first of its kind in the Philippines. The display of sixty-four works by the master potters in the region attested to the intensity, passion, and peculiar identity of ASEAN ceramic artists.

On-line exhibition from November 16, 2009

London: The Fall Season 2009

From 29th October to 7th November, London's leading Asian art dealers, auction houses and academic and cultural institutions will unite to present an exciting programme of gallery receptions, auctions, lectures, symposia and museum exhibitions. Sample of the magnificent selection of Asian antiques from: India; Islam; China; Japan; the Himalayas and Korea, spanning some 5000 years of culture - including ceramics, furniture, glass, jade, jewellery, manuscripts, metalwork, paintings, screens, stone carvings and textiles.

On-line exhibition from October 18, 2009

Lungta - The Windhorse; A Painting Exhibition by Maureen Drdak

Visual artist Maureen Drdak trekked to the remote and restricted region of Lo Monthang in 2008 in the company of American composer Andrea Clearfield for the purposes of an artistic collaborative commissioned by the Network for New Music. The result was Lungta-The Windhorse, an interdisciplinary work comprising three monumental paintings-the Lungta Triptych, a new chamberwork by Clearfield, and original choreography by Manfred Fischbeck.

On-line exhibition from October 09, 2009

Lords of the Samurai

The culture of the samurai and their code of conduct (bushido) have long captivated the imaginations of both young and old in the Western world. In the special exhibition Lords of the Samurai, the Asian Art Museum takes an intimate look at the daimyo (literally “great name”), or provincial lords of the warrior class in feudal Japan (approx. 1300s to 1860). Trained to be fierce fighters, daimyo also strove to master artistic, cultural, and spiritual pursuits.

On-line exhibition from June 23, 2009

Brussels Oriental Art Fair 2009

The 5th BRUSSELS ORIENTAL ART FAIR, B.O.A.Fair asbl, June 3rd to June 7th 2009, an event created by international specialists in Oriental Art. The aim of the galleries subscribing to the event is to share their knowledge with the visitors and to promote the understanding of Oriental Art.

On-line exhibition from May 15, 2009

TIBETAN VISIONS: Contemporary Painting from Tibet

If, thinking about Tibetan painting, images of monks uttering mantras while painting compassionate-looking Buddhas spontaneously arise, this event will dissipate not a few misconceptions about Tibetan people and Tibet in general. Tibetan contemporary painting was featured, for the first time in Italy, in the exhibition Tibetan Visions Contemporary Painting from Tibet, organized by the Italian NGO ASIA Onlus.

On-line exhibition from May 14, 2009

The Dragon's Gift: The Sacred Arts of Bhutan

The first exhibition of its kind, The Dragon's Gift provides an exceptionally rare opportunity to view some of the most sacred and beloved Buddhist arts in Bhutan.Many of the 150 objects – intricate paintings, sculptures, textiles, and more – are still used in temple and monastery rituals and never have been accessible to a Western audience. All are on public view for the first time.

On-line exhibition from April 23, 2009

New York: Asia Week 2009

Asianart.com presents a special on-line exhibition for the annual spring Asian Art week in New York City, featuring items from the Arts of Pacific Asia Show exhibitors and other dealers and galleries taking part in the events of Asia Week New York.

New York: Asia Week 2009

On-line exhibition from March 10, 2009

Marvels of the Malla Period: A Nepalese Renaissance 1200–1603

In this exhibition, the Philadelphia Museum presents masterpieces from its own outstanding collection of rarely seen Malla Period art. Vibrant Buddhist ritual paintings burst with energy, a marvelous goddess coyly dances, and golden Hindu and Buddhist sculptures regally invite adoration.

On-line exhibition from January 27, 2009

London: The Fall Season 2008

From 30th October -12th November, London's leading Asian art dealers, auction houses and academic and cultural institutions will unite to present an exciting programme of gallery receptions, auctions, lectures, symposia and museum exhibitions, as well as the Kensington Palace gala evening, for lovers and collectors of Asian art.

On-line exhibition from October 17, 2008

Power and Glory: Court Arts of China's Ming Dynasty

Ming which means “bright” in Chinese was an appropriate name for a dynasty whose 276 years of rule were marked by stability, economic strength, and a dramatic flourishing of the arts. Imperially supervised workshops and kilns followed strict guidelines for the creation of goods for royal consumption. Power & Glory provides a rare opportunity to experience first-hand the majestic perfection of Ming dynasty artistic endeavors.

On-line exhibition from August 11, 2008

From the Land of the Gods: Art of the Kathmandu Valley

Finest examples of Nepalese art from the Rubin Museum of Art’s permanent collection, highlighting the variety of forms and subjects, techniques and media that emerged from the valley's creative matrix. The exhibition also touches on the main religious traditions of the Kathmandu Valley, Hinduism and Buddhism. Spanning more than a thousand years, the artistic legacy of the Kathmandu Valley is celebrated in the objects and ideas presented here.

On-line exhibition from July 01, 2008

Brussels Oriental Art Fair 2008

The 4th BRUSSELS ORIENTAL ART FAIR, B.O.A.Fair asbl, June 4th to June 8th 2008, an event created by international specialists in Oriental Art. The aim of the galleries subscribing to the event is to share their knowledge with the visitors and to promote the understanding of Oriental Art.

On-line exhibition from May 16, 2008

Condensation: Five Video Works by Chen Chieh-jen

Condensation: Five Video Works by Chen Chieh-jen was the first major solo exhibition of leading Taiwanese artist Chen Chieh-jen in the United States. Born in 1960 and based in Taipei, Chen has gained both local and international acclaim for his important works in photography, installation, performance and video arthis medium of choice since 2002.

On-line exhibition from May 16, 2008

Erasing Borders 2008: Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora

Erasing Borders: 2008

Featuring works by 40 artists, the Indo-American Arts Council’s show features an eclectic mix of diverse mediums employed by a group of 40 artists representing myriad styles, mediums and mind sets with one common bond - a shared Indian heritage that has been cultivated in the United States.

On-line exhibition from May 02, 2008

Drama and Desire: Japanese Paintings from the Floating World 1690-1850

Ukiyo-e is translated as "pictures of the floating world," and generally refers to the genre of Japanese woodblock print featuring motifs of seasonal landscapes, historic tales, the theater, and the high-class red-light district these themes being themselves examples of the floating world, the impermanence of life. This exhibition features what has been called the finest collection anywhere in the world.

On-line exhibition from March 05, 2008

New York: Asia Week 2008

New York: Asia Week 2008

Asianart.com presents a special on-line exhibition for the annual spring Asian Art week in New York City, featuring items from the International Asian Art Fair and Arts of Pacific Asia Show exhibitors and other dealers and galleries taking part in the events of Asia Week New York. Asianart.com galleries are listed first, then other galleries and dealers.

On-line exhibition from February 27, 2008

Mukti Singh Thapa

Mukti Singh Thapa is one of Nepal's foremost traditional painters and one of the principal originators of the revived Newar style of painting. A Magar from Bandipur in the Eastern hills, Mukti Singh came to Kathmandu and began painting in the mid 1970s, and quickly became attracted to the early medieval Newar style of the 13-16th centuries. In this style he has become a master.

On-line exhibition from February 15, 2008

Waves on the Turquoise Lake: Contemporary Expressions of Tibetan Art

Waves on the Turquoise Lake

The first major museum exhibition to bring together contemporary Tibetan artists working both in and outside Tibet. The exhibition highlights the emerging movement of contemporary Tibetan art as it appears in Tibetan communities across the globe. The exhibition features works that address the complexity of the Tibetan diasporic experience and includes Tibetan artists from Australia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States, and India, as well as those from Tibet.

On-line exhibition from December 12, 2007

London: The Fall Season 2007

From the 1st - 10th November, London's leading Asian art dealers, auction houses and academic and cultural institutions will unite to present an exciting programme of gallery receptions, auctions, lectures, symposia and museum exhibitions, as well as the Kensington Palace gala evening, for lovers and collectors of Asian art.

London: The Fall Season 2006

On-line exhibition from October 10, 2007

Wutaishan: Pilgrimage to Five Peak Mountain

Wutaishan

The sacred mountain Wutaishan, located in Shanxi Province, China, is believed to be the earthly abode of the Bodhisattva of Wisdom, Manjushri, and for a thousand years it has been a focus of transnational pilgrimage for the Chinese, Tibetans, Mongols, and Manchus alike. This is the first exhibition of its kind: combining historical and visual materials related to Wutaishan in a multidisciplinary approach, highlighting the period when the mountain reached a peak of cultural confluence in the 18th and 19th centuries.

On-line exhibition from August 16, 2007

Lhasa Nights

This short series reflects my reaction to a standard photographic representation of Tibet as something static and objectively distant. By focussing on Lhasa I mean to emphasise the contemporary urban nature of a city that is too-often associated with a mysterious past. As with other cities, Lhasa provides constant and sometimes intimate contact with strangers – people who we may or may not see tomorrow – and these photos, all taken in public spaces or accessible venues, deal with that specifically urban experience. - Kabir Mansingh Heimsath

Lhasa Nights

On-line exhibition from June 26, 2007

Brussels Oriental Art Fair 2007

Brussels Oriental Art Fair 2007

The 3rd BRUSSELS ORIENTAL ART FAIR, B.O.A.Fair asbl, June 9th to June 15th 2007, an event created by international specialists in Oriental Art. The aim of the galleries subscribing to the event is to share their knowledge with the visitors and to promote the understanding of Oriental Art.

On-line exhibition from May 25, 2007

Awakenings: Zen Figure Painting in Medieval Japan

Awakenings presents Japanese (Zen) and Chinese (Chan) Buddhist art, featuring a Japanese National Treasure and major cultural assets, and including rare loans from museum and private collections in Japan, North America, and Europe. Exploring the artistically singular yet still poorly understood tradition of figure painting in Zen Buddhist communities in medieval Japan, the exhibition features forty-seven superlative Chinese and Japanese works of painting, ranging from the 12th to 16th century.

Awakenings: Zen Figure Painting in Medieval Japan

On-line exhibition from May 07, 2007

Celebrating the Next Generation of Japanese Bamboo Artists

Celebrating the Next Generation of Japanese Bamboo Artists

Celebrating the Next Generation of Japanese Bamboo Artists was a reception and brief exhibition held in the North Court of the Asian Art Museum from February 15–March 18, 2007, in conjunction with the Masters of Bamboo exhibition. This display in North Court featured one basket each from ten artists considered to be a part of the next generation of leading bamboo artists. Most important were the artists themselves, who were present at the event.

On-line exhibition from April 17, 2007

Masters of Bamboo: Japanese baskets and sculpture in the Cotsen Collection

Masters of Bamboo: Japanese Baskets and Sculpture in the Cotsen Collection is an exhibition that draws on the richness and breadth of the approximately nine hundred works Mr. Lloyd L. Cotsen generously donated to the Asian Art Museum in 2001. These works comprise the largest public collection of Japanese bamboo art in the world.

Masters of Bamboo

On-line exhibition from April 04, 2007

New York: Asia Week 2007

New York: Asia Week 2007

Asianart.com presents a special on-line exhibition for the annual spring Asian Art week in New York City, featuring items from the International Asian Art Fair and Arts of Pacific Asia Show exhibitors and other dealers and galleries taking part in the events of Asia Week New York. Asianart.com galleries are listed first, then other galleries and dealers.

On-line exhibition from February 26, 2007

Tibetan and Himalayan Portraits: Nomads of Tibet and Bhutan

The survival of nomads on the Tibetan Plateau and Himalaya provides examples of nomadic practices that were once widespread throughout Asia and Africa, but are now increasingly hard to find. As such, these portraits of nomads offer a rare glimpse into a way of life that is rapidly vanishing.

Tibetan and Himalayan Portraits

On-line exhibition from February 09, 2007

Chimera: Paintings and Drawings by Julie Rauer

Chimera

Julie Rauer’s approach to painting is an intriguing synthesis of disparate influences; an amalgam of a lifetime’s pursuit. Early training in Chinese calligraphy and brush painting sparked her lifelong passion for Asian art with its essential, reductive qualities. In tandem with her interest in the Asian aesthetic, particularly Chinese hanging scrolls and Japanese Edo period woodblock prints, she developed a fascination for natural objects and organic structures..

On-line exhibition from November 17, 2006

London: The Fall Season 2006

From the 2nd-10th November, London's leading Asian art dealers, auction houses and academic and cultural institutions will unite to present an exciting programme of gallery receptions, auctions, lectures, symposia and museum exhibitions, as well as the Kensington Palace gala evening, for lovers and collectors of Asian art.

London: The Fall Season 2006

On-line exhibition from October 26, 2006

Lhasa Train

Lhasa Train

20 Artists from Tibet's capital interpret the arrival of the Beijing-Lhasa rail service in an exhibition first shown at Peaceful Wind, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA September 22 through October 15, 2006. In 2004 Peaceful Wind and the artists of the Gedun Choephel Artists Guild decided to collaborate on a group of paintings to mark this important event in Tibet's history. This exhibition is the result.

On-line exhibition from October 06, 2006

TIBET: Treasures from Tibetan Monasteries

This important exhibition at the Villa Hügel, Essen, will be showing a large number of old religious artworks from the treasuries of Tibetan monasteries. Some of these works date back 1500 years and the majority have never before left Tibet; never before have religious and cultural objects from a variety of Tibetan monasteries and a provincial museum in Central Tibet (i.e. outside the capital of Lhasa) been shown in an exhibition.

TIBET: Treasures from Tibetan Monasteries

On-line exhibition from September 06, 2006

Brussels Oriental Art Fair 2006

Brussels Oriental Art Fair 2006

The second BRUSSELS ORIENTAL ART FAIR, B.O.A.Fair asbl, June 9th to June 15th 2006, an event created by international specialists in Oriental Art. The aim of the galleries subscribing to the event is to share their knowledge with the visitors and to promote the understanding of Oriental Art.

On-line exhibition from May 19, 2006

Warriors of the Himalayas: Rediscovering the Arms and Armor of Tibet

This exhibition is the first detailed survey of traditional armor and weapons from the Tibetan plateau. Until recently, these objects were understood to represent only a few generic types and were dismissed as archaic and simplistic. A more careful appraisal, however, reveals a far wider and surprisingly nuanced variety of styles, decorative techniques, materials, dates, and cultural influences that have been previously unknown or simply overlooked.

Warriors of the Himalayas

On-line exhibition from May 02, 2006

New York: Asia Week 2006

New York: Asia Week 2006

Asianart.com presents a special on-line exhibition for the annual spring Asian Art week in New York City, featuring items from the International Asian Art Fair and Arts of Pacific Asia Show exhibitors and other dealers and galleries taking part in the events of Asia Week New York. Asianart.com galleries are listed first, then other galleries and dealers.

On-line exhibition from March 10, 2006

MYTHS AND RITUALS: Myth and ritualism in art from India to China

This exhibition focuses on the mythological and ritual elements in Oriental sculpture through the analysis of a group of very ancient works. For instance, one can see the transition from the cult of the Mother Goddess to the formation of a more complex religion in some terracotta artifacts dating from the 2nd c. BC; and some Chinese wood and terracotta figures dating from the 4th-3rd c. BC can be interpreted as an archaic example of the cult of ancestors, one of the foundations of Chinese culture.

Myths and Rituals

On-line exhibition from November 23, 2005

London: The Fall Season 2005

London: The Fall Season 2005

From the 3rd-12th November, London's leading Asian art dealers, auction houses and academic and cultural institutions will unite to present an exciting programme of gallery receptions, auctions, lectures, symposia and museum exhibitions, as well as the Kensington Palace gala evening, for lovers and collectors of Asian art.

On-line exhibition from October 20, 2005

Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India

Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India focuses on contemporary Indian art of the past decade, a period marked by enormous social, cultural, and economic change that counted political violence and rapid economic growth brought about by liberalization and foreign investment among the most significant. These issues and others form the context for the works of the thirty-eight artists in this exhibition, co-organized by the Asia Society and the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India

On-line exhibition from September 13, 2005

Little Boy : The Arts of Japan's Exploding Subculture

Little Boy

Little Boy examines the culture of postwar Japan through its arts and popular visual media. Focusing on the youth-driven phenomenon of otaku (roughly translated as “geek culture” or “pop cult fanaticism”), Takashi Murakami and a notable group of contributors explore the complex historical influences that shape Japanese contemporary art and its distinct graphic languages.

On-line exhibition from July 28, 2005

Cast for Eternity: Bronze Masterworks from India and the Himalayas in Belgian and Dutch Collections

The selection of bronze sacred images in the exhibition Cast for Eternity represents an important reflection of the cultural heritage of India, Sri Lanka, the Himalayas, and China (via Tibet), countries and regions which have occupied their own significant places in the art history of the world for over 2000 years.

Cast for Eternity

On-line exhibition from July 15, 2005

Magic & Mystery in Taos: The Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art

Magic & Mystery in Taos

Assembled by the Crow family over the past 30 years, the collection features art from China, Japan, India, Southeast Asia and the Himalaya region. The objects selected for the Harwood exhibition cover a period spanning three thousand years and include a Bronze bell (Chun Yu) from the Warring States Period ca. 5th – 3rd century B.C.

On-line exhibition from June 23, 2005

Tibet: Treasures from the Roof of the World

Tibet: Treasures From The Roof Of The World ofdfers a rare glimpse into a culture both opulent and deeply spiritual. The exhibition will feature objects drawn exclusively from collections from the Dalai Lama's magnificent residence at the Potala Palace, as well as the recently established Tibet Museum in the magical Tibetan capital of Lhasa. Exhibited at: The Bowers Museum (10/12/03 - 5/15/04); Houston Museum of Natural Science (10/16/04 - 1/8/05); Rubin Museum of Art, New York (2/19/05 - 5/19/05); Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (6/12/05 - 9/11/05)

Tibet: Treasures from the Roof of the World

On-line exhibition from August 04, 2003 (Last update: June 10, 2005)

Tibetan Portraits: Rare 19th century photography from the Himalayas

Tibetan Portraits

As early as the 1860s and especially in the 1880s, early British photographers such as Bourne, Shepherd, Parr, and others established contact with Himalayan peoples in the regions close to India. Remarkable portraits of high-mountain peoples of various ethnicities and backgrounds were made by these photographers, some in their studios and others at places of pilgrimage in northern India and Nepal.

On-line exhibition from June 02, 2005

Brussels Oriental Art Fair 2005

The first BRUSSELS ORIENTAL ART FAIR, B.O.A.Fair asbl, June 8th to June 12th 2005, an event created by international specialists in Oriental Art. The aim of the galleries subscribing to the event is to share their knowledge with the visitors and to promote the understanding of Oriental Art.

Brussels Oriental Art Fair 2005

On-line exhibition from May 26, 2005

Providing For the Afterlife: ‘Brilliant Artifacts’ From Shandong

Providing For The Afterlife

Exhibited in the United States for the first time, these mingqi, “glorious vessels” or objects made for burial with the dead, whisper of the desperate need to predict ephemeral journeys and wrangle the unknown into the familiar. Several pieces are culled from arguably one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the past decade, the tomb of—in all probability—the Western Han dynasty (206 BCE-CE 9) king of the Jinan Kingdom, Liu Biguang.

On-line exhibition from May 09, 2005

The Kingdom of Siam: The Art of Central Thailand

Organized by the Asian Art Museum in conjunction with the National Museums of Thailand, The Kingdom of Siam sheds light on a one of the region’s greatest, but least known, cultures. The exhibition is curated by classical Thai art authority Dr. Forrest McGill, the Asian Art Museum’s Chief Curator and Wattis Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art; and co-curated by M. L. Pattaratorn Chirapravati, Assistant Professor of Asian Art, California State University, Sacramento.

The Kingdom of Siam: The Art of Central Thailand

On-line exhibition from April 25, 2005

New York: Asia Week 2005

New York: Asia Week 2005

Asianart.com presents a special on-line exhibition for the annual spring Asian Art week in New York City, featuring items from the International Asian Art Fair and Arts of Pacific Asia Show exhibitors and other dealers and galleries taking part in the events of Asia Week New York. Asianart.com galleries are listed first, then other galleries and dealers.

On-lineexhibition from March 19, 2005

Morning in the Barkhor: Photographs of Tibet by Amina Tirana

The Jokhang, Tibetan Buddhism's most sacred temple, stands broad and low in the heart of Lhasa, the locus of daily visits and once in a lifetime pilgrimages. From earliest dawn to last light, Tibetans arrive from nearby neighborhoods and the region's far mountains to worship at the Jokhang. They circumambulate the temple on a sacred path known as the kora, burn juniper as incense, leave offerings, and perform other rituals in order to earn religious merit for the next life.

Morning in the Barkhor

On-line exhibition from February 09, 2005

When Gold Blossoms: Indian Jewelry from the Susan L. Beningson Collection

When Gold Blossoms

When Gold Blossoms presents the Susan L. Beningson collection of Indian jewelry. The focus of the collection is gold jewelry from the south of India, in particular, jewelry for deities and women. It is a collection based not on academic principle but on the pleasures of seeing, touching, and wearing. When Gold Blossoms gives us the chance to share in the wearers' pleasures with careful, close viewing.

On-line exhibition from December 01, 2004

In the Realm of Gods and Kings: Arts of India: Selections from The Polsky Collection and The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Cynthia and Leon Polsky have a special relationship to India and its culture. The overbearing crowds and overwrought colors and smells of India can overwhelm or even assault the senses, but for the Polskys, these elements never obscure the inner worldview of India that they so cherish. This project then, is less about the mechanics of Indian art history as about sharing the Polskys' deep affection for the culture.

In the Realm of Gods and Kings: Arts of India

On-line exhibition from November 29, 2004

Japanese Season in the Israel Museum

Japanese Season in the Israel Museum

These three exhibitions at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem explore contemporary and historical currents in Japanese art and culture. These exhibitions are part of the museum's year-long celebration of world culture. The Israel Museum is the largest cultural institution in the State of Israel and is ranked among the leading art and archaeology museums in the world.

On-line exhibition from November 19, 2004

Splendors of China’s Forbidden City : The Glorious Reign of Emperor Qianlong

Emperor Qianlong ruled for 60 years (1736–1795), during China’s last imperial dynasty, the Qing dynasty. His reign was longer than any other emperor in Chinese history apart from his grandfather, Kangxi. The emperor is best known to art historians as a collector who amassed the largest collection of art known up to that point in China.

Contemporary Painting from Tibet

On-line exhibition from October 29, 2004

London: The Fall Season 2004

London: The Fall Season 2004

From the 4th-12th November, London's leading Asian art dealers, auction houses and academic and cultural institutions will unite to present an exciting programme of gallery receptions, auctions, lectures, symposia and museum exhibitions, as well as the Kensington Palace gala evening, for lovers and collectors of Asian art. 

On-line exhibition from October 24, 2004

Contemporary Painting from Tibet

Tibet is in a state of flux and change that impacts all of its inhabitants and cannot help but catch the notice of the many visitors and tourists that come in increasing numbers to the high plains of this magical land. Tibet's artists are at the cutting edge of this evolution: it is they who are constantly dealing with the contradictions and rapid change of their treasured home. The sense of cultural tension and excitement that is at the heart of life in Lhasa is reflected in the vibrant paintings created by the artists featured in the show.

Contemporary Painting from Tibet

On-line exhibition from October 01, 2004

Kailas: Manasarovar & Tibet Photographs by Manoj Kheradia

Kailas: Manasarovar & Tibet

For well over a thousand years, pilgrims have journeyed here to pay homage to the mountain's mystery, circumambulating it in a ritual that continues to this day. Their faith proclaims that not just the mountain's ice - capped summit but the entire region is the abode of the Gods.

On-line exhibition from June 07, 2004

Sanyu: l'écriture du corps

The power of Sanyu's painting to move us today is a testament to a particular kind of sensitivity and expressive talent. The historical and cultural circumstances that almost eradicated Sanyu from the history of Chinese art, moreover, were transformed by the 1980s and 1990s, and have made it possible to revive his reputation.

Sanyu: l'écriture du corps

On-line exhibition from May 24, 2004

Sadhus: The Great Renouncers: Photographs by Thomas Kelly

Sadhus: The Great Renouncers

The ascetic Sadhu ritual practices (sadhanas), involving demanding yoga postures and colorful body imagery, are captured by Thomas Kelly whose work encompasses a span of two decades. In his own words, Thomas tells what it has been like to move through the world of the sadhus, witnessing their ritualized practices, following their endless pilgrimage, and dancing with the humor and danger this has entailed.

On-line exhibition from April 22, 2004

Paradise Now? Contemporary Art From the Pacific

Paradise Now? Contemporary Art From the Pacific takes as its departure point the popular perception of the Pacific as a paradise, a worn cliché refreshed seasonally by tourist operators, drinking water companies, pearl traders, and other enterprises. While acknowledging the persistence of such perceptions of their region, the fifteen artists included in this exhibition provide an alternative, more complex vision of the Pacific--one based in the experience of day-to-day life in the region.

Paradise Now? Contemporary Art From the Pacific

On-line exhibition from April 06, 2004

New York: Asia Week 2004

New York: Asia Week 2004

Asianart.com presents a special on-line exhibition for the annual spring Asian Art week in New York City, featuring items from the International Asian Art Fair and Arts of Pacific Asia Show exhibitors and other dealers and galleries taking part in the events of Asia Week New York. Asianart.com galleries are listed first, then other galleries and dealers.

On-line exhibition from March 08, 2004

Goryeo Dynasty: Korea’s Age of Enlightenment, 918 to 1392

For nearly five centuries, arts and culture flourished under the patronage of the Goryeo aristocracy, whose taste for luxury and refinement was unprecedented in the history of the country. Goryeo Dynasty features 113 rare and superb artworks from this period—many on view in the United States for the first time—including extraordinary celadon ceramics, Buddhist paintings and sculptures, illustrated sutras, ritual implements, metal crafts, and lacquer wares.

Goryeo Dynasty: Korea’s Age of Enlightenment, 918 to 1392

On-line exhibition from November 04, 2003

body.city - New Perspectives from India

body.city

body.city takes urban spaces as a point of departure for exploring contemporary India; these spaces reflect the complex interrelationships between globalization, local traditions and redesigned living spaces. This is the place where contemporary art production, spiritual body techniques, folk art and crafts, cinema and pop coexist. The cities are an ideal place to observe how traditional approaches are translated into contemporary forms of expression, and how they infiltrate and affect cultural practice in the "West".

On-line exhibition from October 23, 2003

London: The Fall Season 2003

From the 6th-14th November, London's leading Asian art dealers, auction houses and academic and cultural institutions will unite to present an exciting programme of gallery receptions, auctions, lectures, symposia and museum exhibitions, as well as the Kensington Palace gala evening, for lovers and collectors of Asian art. 

London: The Fall Season 2003

On-line exhibition from October 10, 2003

Focus: Asia - A collection of 19th century photographs

Focus: Asia

In the decades following the invention of photography in 1839, European photographers traveled to Asia, documenting cultures and landscapes with a realism previously unknown. Employing cumbersome large format cameras and delicate paper or glass plate negatives, these intrepid photographers captured the first images of Japan after it had been closed to the West for over 200 years; the first images of the forbidding Himalayan Mountain passes; the first images of bound-footed women and of grand golden temples.

On-line exhibition from August 13, 2003

Quiet Beauty

The first exhibition outside of Japan to explore such a broad range of production, Quiet Beauty surveys technical and artistic developments in folk art ceramics made between about 3000 B.C. and about 1990. The exhibition encompasses prehistoric beakers; medieval storage jars; bowls, bottles, and plates from many eras and localities; and late-twentieth century creations based on traditional forms.

Quiet Beauty

On-line exhibition from May 21, 2003

Recent Works by Zao Wou-Ki at Marlborough New York

Recent Works by Zao Wou-Ki at the Marlborough Museum

Zao Wou-ki found his distinctive voice and vocabulary in his mid-thirties, having by that time lived in Paris for a decade. By the end of 1957 he had committed to abstraction, on terms which from the beginning set him apart from the other artists of his circle-Mitchell, Riopelle, Vieira da Silva, Soulages-as much as from his great supporter Henri Michaux. His cypher-like signature, to which he has remained faithful for over fifty years, gives his first name in Chinese characters and his last in a Western orthography.

On-line exhibition from April 30, 2003

New York: Asia Week 2003

Asianart.com presents a special on-line exhibition for the annual spring Asian Art week in New York City, featuring items from the International Asian Art Fair and Arts of Pacific Asia Show exhibitors and other dealers and galleries taking part in the events of Asia Week New York. Asianart.com galleries are listed first, then other galleries and dealers, in alphabetical order.

New York: Asia Week 2003

On-line exhibition from March 12, 2003

Window of the Sacred World

Window of the Sacred World: Marcel Nies

'Window of the Sacred World' is the title of this exhibition, presenting a fine selection of authentic art of India, The Himalayan regions and Southeast Asia. Focusing only on the highest artistic quality, it aims to represent the beauty and spirituality of sculpture through the camera's eye; a modest contribution towards the understanding and appreciation of Asian religious art which still contains many secrets.

On-line exhibition from December 12, 2002

Lay Figures, Divine Images: Renzo Freschi

Suspended in an aerial rather than earthly dimension, in a world without gravity, out of space and time, Indian sculptures chiefly represent male and female deities who are conceptually devoid of physical qualities, but who must acquire them in order to make themselves intelligible to man.

Lay Figures, Divine Imaages : Renzo Freschi

On-line exhibition from November 26, 2002

London: the fall season 2002

London: the fall season 2002

From the 7th-15th November, London's leading Asian art dealers, auction houses and academic and cultural institutions will unite to present an exciting programme of gallery receptions, auctions, lectures, symposia and museum exhibitions, as well as the Kensington Palace gala evening, for lovers and collectors of Asian art. Inside please find a selection of offerings from some of London's leading galleries, including Asianart.com galleries and other members of Asian Art in London.

On-line exhibition from October 23, 2002

Tibet: Mountains and Valleys, Castles and Tents

Tibet: Mountains and Valleys, Castles and Tents is organized by The Newark Museum to showcase its great historical and archival treasures of Tibetan culture, considered the finest in the Western Hemisphere. For the first time, many of these objects are being shown outside the Museum for the first time.

Tibet: Mountains and Valleys, Castles and Tents

On-line exhibition from September 09, 2002

Court to Caravan: Chinese Tomb Sculptures

Court to Caravan: Chinese Tomb Sculptures

Already in Neolithic times, graves had been furnished with vessels filled with grain, water, and wine to nourish the spirit of the deceased. By the Shang and Zhou dynasties, elaborate funerary ceremonies had evolved that required the use of jade implements and ritual bronze vessels.  Burial figurines of wood were used in the south during the Warring States period, perhaps as substitutes for the sacrificial victims of earlier times.

On-line exhibition from August 14, 2002

T'ang Haywen : Paths of Ink

Organized by Jean-Paul Desroches, assisted by Philippe Koutouzis, the exhibition at the Musée Guimet is a unique opportunity to bring to a wide audience, an artist who, as previously shown at the Musée de Pontoise, deserves to join the ranks of the great Chinese creators of the 20th Century.

T'ang Haywen : Paths of Ink

On-line exhibition from June 07, 2002

New York : Asia Week 2002

New York : Asia Week 2002

Asianart.com presents a special on-line exhibition for the annual spring Asian Art week in New York City, featuring items from the New York Arts of Pacific Asia Show exhibitors and other dealers and galleries taking part in the events of Asia Week New York.

On-line exhibition from March 15, 2002

Desire & Devotion: Art from India and the Himalayas in the Ford Collection

The collection of John and Berthe Ford is one of the most important private holdings of Indian and Himalayan art in the world. Certain objects have been widely exhibited, such as the "Green Tara", a painting executed in India around 1100 for a Tibetan patron and recognized as both a masterpiece and a cornerstone for the study of Tibetan painting. Other works have never been publicly shown. This exhibition brings together works from both India and the Himalayas, demonstrating the range and depth of the Ford collection.

Desire and Devotion

On-line exhibition from January 28, 2002 (Last update: December 11, 2002)

Netsuke: From the Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio

Netsuke: from the Toledo Museum

Japanese artists cleverly invented the miniature sculptures known as netsuke to serve a very practical function. Traditional Japanese garments - robes called kosode and kimono - had no pockets. Men who wore them needed a place to keep personal belongings. The elegant solution was to place them in containers (called sagemono) hung by cords from the robes' sash.

On-line exhibition from December 03, 2001

Khumb Mela 2001: Photographs by Doug Brown

Khumb Mela, this year (spring 2001) held in Allahabad, India, is possibly the largest pilgrimage spectacle in the world. The pictures in this exhibition were taken over a 4 day period, and are simply a reflection of one man's eye at an event that held a picture every where you looked.

Khumb Mela 2001

On-line exhibition from November 08, 2001

London: the fall season 2001

London: the fall season

From the 8th-16th November 2001, London's leading Asian art dealers, auction houses and academic and cultural institutions will unite to present an exciting programme of gallery receptions, auctions, lectures, symposia and museum exhibitions, for lovers and collectors of Asian art. Asianart.com is pleased to display details of some of the galleries and dealers participating in the event.

On-line exhibition from October 28, 2001

China: One Hundred Treasures: The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

"China: One Hundred Treasures" at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, is the first exhibition of cultural relics from the People's Republic of China ever to be held in Israel. It is organized by the National Museum of Chinese History in Beijing and Art Exhibitions China. For the Israeli public it offers the first opportunity to become acquainted at close range with the length and breadth of China's artistic legacy through work of art, each one a masterpiece of its kind.

China: One Hundred Treasures

On-line exhibition from September 21, 2001

The Legacy of Absence: Cambodian artists confront the past

The Legacy of Absence

In an exhibition at Reyum Gallery in Phnom Penh, ten artists confront the Khmer Rouge legacy through their work. One of the goals of the exhibition, held under the initiative of the Legacy Project, a U.S.-based foundation that draws together artists from countries that have suffered mass national traumas or genocides, is to open a space for reflection that will perhaps be one small step in coming to terms with the terrible events of Cambodia's recent past.

On-line exhibition from August 01, 2001

Taoism and The Arts of China: Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

Exploring the conceptual and artistic achievements of the Taoist tradition, Taoism and the Arts of China features 150 rare works ranging in date from 500 BCE to 1800 CE, including an extraordinary array of paintings, sculptures, calligraphy, textiles, ritual objects, and scholar's books. Taoism and the Arts of China is organized by the Art Institute of Chicago and is accompanied by a 415-page catalogue.

Taoism & The Arts of China

On-line exhibition from March 22, 2001

The Theyyams of Malabar: Photographs by Pepita Seth

The photographs of Pepita Seth

The fantastical and the real, the exotic and the ordinary, the extravagant and the simple, all seem to merge seamlessly in British-born photographer Seth's work, which focuses exclusively on Hindu rituals in India's southern state of Kerala. While her subject might be the ultimate exotic, her direct approach to towards it, her emphasis on giving the whole picture and not just the sensational and the dramatic, lends a unique down-to-earth flavor to her photographs.

On-line exhibition from February 26, 2001

Contemporary Art and Identity: South Asian Diaspora in North America

Contemporary Art and Identity: South Asian Diaspora in North America brings together eleven visual artists from Canada and the USA who have exhibited with SAVAC and the Desh Pardesh Festival/ Conference in Toronto. The works resist the homogenizing tendencies of the dominant South Asian identity, and hopefully, facilitate a rich and textured reading of the contemporary views of the artists.

On-line exhibition from December 19, 2000

Peace of Mind: Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian Art

Marcel Nies has specialised in Oriental Art since 1972. Composed of a diversity of art, his collection includes sculptures, paintings, and ritual objects from India, the Himalayan mountains, and South-eastern Asia. Featured here are the 25 fine works that make up his exhibition. The collection is obtained only from the finest quality works of art, a selection based on originality, rarity, condition, and above all the highest level of artistic taste.

On-line exhibition from December 01, 2000

Behind The Himalayas: Paintings of Mustang by Robert Powell

Rob paints the language man and nature invented together to communicate on the Tibetan plateau. The paintings of the shrines to the gods, the gates of the ancestors, the caves expanded and arranged by man in a complex system of floors, galleries and ladders, show that he too has come to understand the game between man and nature at at these altitudes.

On-line exhibition from November 15, 2000

Hirado Porcelain of Japan: From the Kurtzman Family Collection

The works in the exhibition, from the Kurtzman Family Collection, were produced in the Hirado fief, located in Kyushu, Japan. Hirado refers both to the name of the fiefdom and to the island off Kyushu that was part of the ruler's territory. Close to the Korean peninsula, Hirado was a natural locus for international shipping and trade between Japan, Korea and China.

On-line exhibition from November 14, 2000

Family Ties in Asian Textiles: Introduction by Reiko Brandon, Curator of Textiles

Children's costumes cultivated in the traditional societies of China and Japan are extraordinary for their fine quality and deep symbolic meanings. While these garments have a practical function, they vividly symbolize the cultural heritage, including the religions and family traditions, of the community.

Family Ties in Asian Textiles

On-line exhibition from November 06, 2000

Paintings of Ladakh: Simon Pierse

"The mountains are landscape - and they are a state of mind. Perhaps nowhere more so than in Ladakh, the high plateau sited between the northern Karakorum and in the rain shadow of the Great Himalaya. La means mountain pass, Ladakh is the land of the mountain passes and was once part of the great trade routes that criss-crossed the mountains of India, China and Tibet."  From the Introduction by Marina Vaizey.

On-line exhibition from April 17, 2000

Sacred Visions: Early Paintings from Central Tibet

It is a great honor for Asianart.com to host a selection of images and captions from the exhibition Sacred Visions. This epochal exhibition of more than 60 early and precious Tibetan paintings is unprecedented, and considerably expands our knowledge of these remarkable paintings. Not all of the painting from the exhibition are shown in this selection, but this on-line exhibition will be updated in the future to incorporate other fine examples from Institutions and private collections not offered in this selection.

On-line exhibition from March 1, 2000

MAITRES DE L'ENCRE: masters of ink

This exhibition is exclusively devoted to the ink paintings of three masters (Chang Dai-Chien, T'ang Haywen & Zao Wou-ki) who have in common an acquired knowledge of Western culture. It is remarkable that while this experience enabled them to « exist » on the modern art scene it also never completely diverted them from the Chinese traditional medium.

On-line exhibition from January 10, 2000

The Sculptural Heritage of Tibet: Buddhist Art in the Nyingjei Lam Collection

The Nyingjei Lam collection, which was exhibited at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford England from 6 October - 30 December 1999, is an important and aesthetically select private collection of Indian, Nepalese and Tibetan bronzes of Tibetan provenance. The on-line exhibition includes many of the featured pieces from the catalogue, with extensive captions by David Weldon and Jane Casey Singer.

On-line exhibition from January 03, 2000

An exhibition of Tibetan Calligraphy: Indigo Gallery, Kathmandu

"Dhumkhang La, who recently shared the art of the ancient Tibetan song in a singing, dancing and music performance at Indigo Gallery, will exhibit his calligraphic works, prepared for this occasion. Pairing selected styles of traditional Tibetan script with significant terms and phonemes Dhumkhang La presents the profound concepts of Buddhist philosophy in highly expressive visual solutions...." from the Introduction by by Roberto Vitali

On-line exhibition from November 30, 1999

Chang Dai-chien in California: Exhibition at San Francisco State University

"Unquestionably one of the most important Chinese painters of the Twentieth Century, Chang Daichien has been compared to Picasso in many exhibition essays and catalogs. That analogy is often accompanied by evidence of their 'summit' in 1956 at Picasso's Mediterranean villa, La California but is meant to more generally suggest the breadth of the artist's fame, unparalleled productivity and stylistic variety, and charismatic personality...." from the Introduction by Mark Johnson

On-line exhibition from September 27, 1999

Janakpur Women's Development Center: Maithil Paintings, an Exhibition

Janakpur Women's Development Center

Janakpur is now famous for its colorful paintings on paper, yet this "tradition" began in the first days of the JWDC when, under a grant from the Ella Lyman Cabot Trust, a talented group of women were selected to learn how to transfer their wall designs to paper. They travelled from their villages to the Center in Janakpur where, without losing their originality, they developed skills in composition as well as in the use of color and line. 

On-line exhibition from July 25, 1999

Earth Door, Sky Door: Paintings of Mustang by Robert Powell

"He had just seen his artistic imagery translated into reality while wandering in the deserted and multicoloured plateau of Mustang where the mountains are eroded sand and turn into shades of red, blue and green, he had seen the simple rigour of his mental buildings in the cubic, whitish structures of the Tibetan people inhabiting Mustang, and the fantastic forms of his imagery in the windblown broken walls of its ancient monuments...." from the Introduction by Roberto Vitali 

Earth Door, Sky Door

Exhibition in the Sackler Gallery, Washington DC, on-line from May 17 1999

Survival of the Spirit, Tibet a Decade of Images: Nancy Jo Johnson

Survival of the Spirit, Tibet a Decade of Images

Survival of the Spirit, Tibet a Decade of Images is a culmination of photographic images by Nancy Jo Johnson that records the tragic conditions inside Tibet and the triumphant survival of the Tibetan people in exile. It is an inspirational, spiritual voyage that ties together the many strands of this complex story. 

On-line exhibition from August 31 1998

Himalayan VisionsPhilip Sugden

An exhibition of drawings from the Himalaya that visually and metaphysically explores its profoundly spiritual geography, both natural and human. "In the Himalaya and on the Tibetan Plateau, one is confronted in a profound way with the enigmatic nature of being alive... and as an artist, this experience is important in the process of creation; after all, emptiness is the womb from which form becomes manifest and through which the aesthetic experience becomes aware of itself" - from the Artist's Statement.

Himalayan Visions

On-line exhibition from June 12 1998

Treasures of the Chinese Scholar

Treasures of the Chinese Scholar

A new exhibition at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology opening March 14, 1998, features 160 selections of extraordinary "scholar art"-calligraphy, painting, and works of art in wood, lacquer, ivory, stone, horn and metal-from as early as the Zhou Dynasty (770-256 B.C.) through the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911 A.D.). The exhibition, drawn from collection of Ji Zhen Zhai ("Studio of Accumulated Treasures"), is on view through January 3, 1999.

On-line exhibition from March 20, 1998

Tibet: Tradition and Change

Tibet: Tradition and Change is an important exhibition of Tibetan art opening at the Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque New Mexico USA on October 18th. The curator of the exhibition is Dr. Pratapaditya Pal, who has chosen a variety of previously unseen and important works of art.

Tibet: Tradition and Change

On-line exhibition from October 9 1997

The Patan Museum

The Patan Museum

The Patan Museum displays the traditional sacred art of Nepal in an illustrious architectural setting. Its home is an old residential court of Patan Darbar, one of the royal palaces of the former Malla kings of the Kathmandu Valley. Its gilded door and window face one of the most beautiful squares in the world. The residential palace compound of Keshav Narayan Chowk which houses the museum dates from 1734, displacing a Buddhist monastery that is still remembered in an annual public rite on the palace doorstep. The Museum opened to the public in July 1997.

On-line exhibition from August 10, 1997

Kathmandu Portfolio + 1

An Exhibition of Photographs of scenes from Kathmandu, 1970-1974, by Ira Cohen, photographer and poet. The photographs are accompanied by his Kathmandu Dream Piece, the evocative incantation of Kathmandu.

Kathmandu Portfolio + 1

On-line exhibition from  June 04 1997

The Tharu of the Tarai

The Tharu of the Tarai

This exhibition organized by the Indigo Gallery in Kathmandu brings to the public's view for the first time the material culture of the Tharu, the indigenous population of Nepal's lowlands along the Indian border. Living in villages located in  the malaria-infested jungles of the Gangetic plains, the isolation of the Tharu in the Tarai was almost complete. Over the millennia they developed a unique culture free from the influence of adjacent India, or from the mountain groups of Nepal.

On-line exhibition from  March 26 1997

The Splendors of Imperial ChinaTreasures from the National Palace Museum, Taipei

An unsurpassed survey of Chinese art treasures from one of the greatest collections in the world will be on view at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. from January 27, 1996 to April 6, 1997. Heralded by scholars and critics as the greatest exhibition of Chinese art ever presented in America, the exhibition spans over 4.000 years of Chinese history and features nearly 350 of the finest and most famous works from the National Palace Museum, Taipei.

The Splendors of Imperial China

On-line exhibition from October 14, 1996

Guardians of the Sacred Word

Guardians of the Sacred Word

Anna Maria Rossi and Fabio Rossi present Guardians of the Sacred Word, a fascinating exhibition celebrating the splendour of Tibetan manuscript covers at the Barbara Mathes Gallery, 41 East 57th Street, New York, NY 10022, from Wednesday 18 September to Saturday 19 October 1996. 

On-line exhibition from September 15, 1996

Kathmandu Valley Paintings: Robert Powell

Australian Robert Powell now lives in Kathmandu, Nepal, where he has settled after wide-ranging Asian travels that have taken him throughout South Asia. His precisely rendered, haunting still-lifes of the cultural environment of Nepal, Japan and Northern Pakistan have won him a following of devoted collectors and supporters.

Kathmandu Valley Paintings

On-line exhibition from February 26, 1996

Mustang: Thomas Laird and Robert Powell

Mustang

"Thomas Laird and Robert Powell exhibit photographs and paintings of one of the last never-never lands -Mustang. Politically Mustang is part of the Kingdom of Nepal, a thumb of territory that thrusts northward into Tibet where geographically and culturally it in fact belongs. Because of its remoteness from Kathmandu, the capital, and its unsettling proximity to the fierce Khampa rebels that not long ago roamed both sides of the Nepal-Tibet border, Mustang, together with a twenty-mile wide strip of northern Nepal, was closed to foreigners for many years." from commentary by Mary Slusser.

On-line exhibiton from December 20, 1995

Sculpture from a Sacred Realm

An Exhibition of Indian Sculpture From 2nd century B.C. to 13th century A.D. Rossi & Rossi, London, England. The 24 works, dating from 2nd century B.C. to 13th century A.D, vividly reveal the central role religious sculpture played in Indian civilisation. India's three main faiths - Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism developed side by side, responding to the same influences and exchanging ideas and insights.

Sculpture from a Sacred Realm

On-line exhibiton from November 17, 1995

The Kora of the Jokhang Temple, Lhasa, Tibet: Amina Tirana

The Kora of the Jokhang Temple

Photographs by Amina Tirana; From earliest dawn to last light, Tibetans arrive to make the circumambulation of the Jokhang to earn religious merit. Yet, the kora is also a residential area and a market, the heart of Lhasa where Tibetans live, meet, socialize and shop.

On-line exhibiton from November 2, 1995

Lao Textiles Revisited: Carol Cassidy

The Fashion Institute of Technology, June 20th - September 30th.Lao Textiles Revisited, an exhibition celebrating the handwoven silk fabrics of Carol Cassidy, an American weaver living and working in Laos, was presented at the Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology from June 20 through September 30, 1995. The show will feature more than 100 fabrics designed by Ms. Cassidy and woven under her supervision by Laotian weavers, in addition to selections from her own collection of Lao textiles dating back to the early 20th century.

Lao Textiles Revisited

On-line exhibiton from July 12, 1995

Mongolia: The Legacy of Chinggis Khan

Mongolia: The Legacy of Chinggis Khan

The Asian Art Museum, San Francisco: July 19th - October 15th. 6/30/95 After more than five years of global planning and negotiations, the Asian Art Museum brought   a landmark international exhibition to San Francisco. The result of an historic agreement between the newly democratic nation of Mongolia and the Asian Art Museum, Mongolia: The Legacy of Chinggis Khan marked the largest and most significant presentation of Mongolian art ever viewed in the United States.

On-line exhibiton from June 30,  1995

Heavens' Embroidered Cloths: One Thousand Years of Chinese Textiles

Hong Kong Museum of Art, June 23rd - September 17th. 6/20/95  "One of the greatest contributions of the Chinese towards world culture is the use of silk. Achievements were made in three areas: the production of raw material - silk - by the cultivation of the silkworm, the weaving techniques in processing the silk, and the development of the machine - the weaving loom. The simultaneous development and improvements made in all three areas throughout history enabled Chinese silks to win a world-wide reputation."  from Introduction by Gerard C. C. Tsang

Heavens' Embroidered Cloths

On-line exhibiton from June 20, 1995

Early Tibetan Mandalas

Early Tibetan Mandalas

The Rossi Collection, London. 9/16/94 (the birth of Asian Arts). This was Asian Arts' inaugural exhibition, and marks the beginning of the journal. It is still one of our most popular exhibitions, largely because of the beauty of the images and their coherence as an ensemble.

On-line exhibiton from September 16, 1994  (Last update: January 14, 1997)


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