Arts of Asia Calendar

The Met — “Embracing Color: Enamel in Chinese Decorative Arts, 1300–1900”

4 July, 2022 to 4 January, 2026

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, USA

This exhibition reveals the aesthetic, technical, and cultural achievement of Chinese enamel wares by demonstrating the transformative role of enamel. From the late 14th–15th century, porcelain with overglaze enamels was developed along with the introduction of cloisonné enamel from the West, leading to a palette shift from monochromatic to colourful. From the late 17th–18th century, European enamelling techniques were brought to the Qing court and more subtle and varied colour tones were developed on enamels applied over porcelain, metal, glass, and other mediums. In both moments, Chinese artists actively created new colours and styles that reflected their own taste.

HK Palace Museum — “Stories Untold, Figure Paintings of the Ming Dynasty from the Palace Museum”

13 December, 2023 to 30 November, 2024

Hong Kong Palace Museum, 8 Museum Drive, Hong Kong

The exhibition presents 81 sets (97 pieces) of works by around 60 Ming dynasty (1368–1644) painters from the Palace Museum collection, among which 14 sets (16 pieces) are national grade-one cultural relics. Each group will showcase the artistic pursuits and achievements of court painters, literati painters, and professional painters from the early, middle, and late periods of the Ming dynasty. It will unveil fascinating stories about the painters and the painted and show the multifaceted lives and spiritual world of people living during the Ming dynasty.

Rubin Museum of Art — “Masterworks: A Journey through Himalayan Art” 

1 January, 2024 to 6 October, 2024

150 West 17th St., New York, NY 10011, USA

This exhibition explores major strands in the development of art from the Himalayan region covering a period of more than one thousand years, with objects drawn primarily from the Rubin Museum’s collection. The presentation is organised geographically and chronologically, showcasing the diverse regional traditions of Tibet in relation to the neighboring areas of Eastern India, Kashmir, Nepal, Bhutan, China, and Mongolia. Juxtaposing the art of Himalayan regions over time sheds light on the geographic, historical, religious, and artistic interrelationships among these cultures. Discover more in the Rubin Museum of Art’s online collection search.

HKMoA — “Love Letters: Everlasting Sentiments from the Xubaizhai Collection”

9 February, 2024 to 26 June, 2024

Hong Kong Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Over the centuries, Chinese artists have often suffused their painting, calligraphy and poetry with sentiments. Like love letters, their works of art are intimate whispers of affection murmuring eternal emotions. With love letter as the theme, the exhibition features 29 sets of selected collections from the Xubaizhai Collection, inviting the audience to discover the reserved and implicit emotions encapsulated in Chinese painting and calligraphy.

Japan Society — “None Whatsoever: Zen Paintings from the Gitter-Yelen Collection”

8 March, 2024 to 16 June, 2024

333 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017, USA

Often playful, sometimes comical, and always profound, Zen paintings represent one of the world’s most fascinating religious and artistic traditions. This exhibition explores the origins of Zen Buddhism through over four centuries of ink paintings and calligraphies by painter-monks, who expressed Zen Buddhist teachings through their art. Visitors will also be invited to engage with Zen Buddhist practices through wide-ranging public programming, from in-gallery meditation sessions to calligraphy workshops and tea ceremony demonstrations.

Bowers Museum — “Asian Comics: Evolution of an Art Form”

9 March, 2024 to 8 September, 2024

2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana, California, USA

This exhibition presents the largest ever selection of original artworks from Asian comics, displayed alongside their printed, mass-produced forms. This exhibition is a vivid journey through the art of comics and visual storytelling across Asia. From its historical roots to the most recent digital innovations, the exhibition looks to popular Japanese manga and beyond, highlighting key creators, characters, and publications. It features over 400 works—the largest selection of artworks from the continent—including Japanese woodblock prints, Hindu scroll paintings, digital media, printed comics, and contemporary illustrations. 

Rubin Museum of Art — “Reimagine: Himalayan Art Now”

15 March, 2024 to 6 October, 2024

150 West 17th St., New York, NY 10011, USA

Contemplate and celebrate what Himalayan art means now with a Museum-wide exhibition of artworks by over 30 contemporary artists, many from the Himalayan region and diaspora and others inspired by Himalayan art and cultures. The exhibition includes new commissions, some site-specific, and existing works juxtaposed with objects from the Museum’s collection, inviting new ways of encountering traditional Himalayan art through a wide range of media, including painting, sculpture, sound, video, installation, performance, and more.

HK Palace Museum — “Yuan Ming Yuan: Art and Culture of an Imperial Garden-Palace”

20 March, 2024 to 12 August, 2024

Hong Kong Palace Museum, 8 Museum Drive, Hong Kong

This exhibition sheds new light on Yuanming yuan (Garden of Perfect Brightness) by featuring over 190 paintings, architectural models, and other works associated with this imperial garden-palace that served as the principal residence of five Qing emperors. The presentation highlights the life and aesthetic tastes of the emperors, festivals, and the relationship between members of the imperial family.

HKMoA — “Art of Gifting: The Fuyun Xuan Collection of Chinese Snuff Bottles”

12 April, 2024 to 1 December, 2024

Hong Kong Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Epitomising the finest skills of Chinese artisans, small and delicate snuff bottles became popular among nobilities and high-ranking officials since emerging in the early Qing dynasty, and were often given as precious gifts in diplomatic, official and social settings. This exhibition showcases the whole of a set of 490 Chinese snuff bottles from the Fuyun Xuan Collection donated by Mr Christopher Sin and Mrs Josephine Sin, and with the theme of gifting, the audience is invited to step into the unique, kaleidoscopic world of these miniature yet precious gifts.

The Met — “Ganesha: Lord of New Beginnings”

13 June, 2024 to 15 June, 2025

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, USA

Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati, is a Brahmanical (Hindu) deity known to clear a path to the gods and remove obstacles in everyday life. He is loved by his devotees for his many traits, including his insatiable appetite for sweet cakes and his role as a dispenser of magic, surprise, and laughter. However, Ganesha is also the lord of ganas (nature deities) and can take on a fearsome aspect in this guise. Featuring works across sculptures, paintings, musical instruments, ritual implements, and photography, the exhibition emphasizes the vitality and exuberance of Ganesha as the bringer of new beginnings.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston — “Meiji Modern: Fifty Years of New Japan”

7 July, 2024 to 15 September, 2024

Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet Street, Houston, Texas, USA

Japan’s Meiji period (1868–1912) was a time of unprecedented cultural and technological transition, when the country experienced radical social and political shifts propelling it into a new modern, global era. This exhibition presents a fresh look at the art of this transformative era. Paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, and fine examples of enamel, lacquer, embroidery, and textiles all evidence a blending of cultures and techniques and the innovative interchange of old and new. Uniquely, the exhibition features a wide selection of export and domestic wares, reflecting the period’s diverse tastes and aesthetic discourse.

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