- Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco is a
museumin San Francisco, California, United States. It has one of the most comprehensive collections of Asian artin the world.
Until recently housed at the de Young in
Golden Gate Park, the Asian Art Museum re-opened on March 20, 2003in the former San Francisco city librarybuilding opposite the San Francisco Civic Center, renovated for the purpose under the direction of Italian architect Gae Aulenti. The collection has approximately 17,000 works of art and artifacts from all major Asian countries and traditions, some of which are as much as 6,000 years old. Major galleries are devoted to the arts of India, China, western Asia (including Persia), South-East Asia, Koreaand Japan. There are 2,500 works on display in the permanent collection.
museumowes its origin to a donation to the city of San Francisco by Chicago millionaire Avery Brundage, who was a major collector of Asian art. The Society for Asian Art, incorporated in 1958, was the group that formed specifically to gain Avery Brundage's collection. The museum opened in 1966as a wing of the M. H. de Young Memorial Museumin Golden Gate Park. Brundage continued to make donations to the museum, including the bequest of all his remaining personal art collection on his death in 1975.
In total, Brundage donated more than 7,700 Asian art objects to San Francisco, i.e. just over half the museum's current collection. In
1995, Silicon Valleyentrepreneur Chong-Moon Leemade a $15 million donation to launch the funding campaign for a new building for the museum.
The museum has become a focus for special and travelling exhibitions, including: the first major Chinese exhibition to travel outside China since the end of
World War II(in 1975); an archaeological exhibition which attracted 800,000 visitors over an eight week period; an exhibition on Wisdom and Compassion opened by the Dalai Lama in 1991; and a display of the famous terra-cotta warriors of China's ancient city of Xi'an.
Tetsubinat the café Tibetan drawing of Mahakala, in the exhibit halls
Samuraiarmour on display
49-Mile Scenic Drive
List of museums with major collections of Asian art
* [http://www.asianart.org Museum official website]
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