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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 Future Retrospective: Master Shen-Long
    Place: Crow Museum of Asian Art - Dallas, 2010 Flora St, Texas, USA
    Date: Jun 01, 2019 to Aug 23, 2020
    Detail: For over 50 years, Master Shen-Long, a contemporary master of the classical Chinese literati perfections of painting, poetry, and calligraphy, as well as seal-carving, has pioneered new approaches to painting that has made him one of the most innovative ink artists of this generation.

    In the early 1990s, he developed a new abstract ink method for paper and canvas, resulting in richly detailed reversible works that blur the line between painting and sculpture, and expresses unlimited time, space, and energy. He works in a limitless variety of styles, formats and techniques. Influenced by his deep understanding of Buddhist, Daoist and Confucian philosophies, Master Shen-Long’s bold and experimental work challenges traditional assumptions about Chinese painting, and raises important concepts regarding mankind’s relationship with the universe.

    This exhibition will not only serve as the artist’s mid-career retrospective, but is also the artist’s first solo museum presentation in Texas.


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    New Weng Family Collection of Chinese Painting: Family and Friends
    Place: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue, USA
    Date: Oct 12, 2019 to Aug 09, 2020
    Detail: Celebrating a landmark gift of Chinese art

    There is an intimate connection between Chinese art and human relationships. Friends gather to unroll and view their favorite paintings. Moving letters brushed in expressive calligraphy are cherished and preserved for centuries. Wan-go H. C. Weng, one of the most respected collectors and connoisseurs of Chinese painting in the US, recalls watching and listening as a young boy while his family admired and discussed works of art.

    In 2018, Weng made the largest gift of Chinese paintings and calligraphy to the MFA in the institution’s history, comprising 183 objects that were acquired and passed down through six generations of his family. This exhibition features approximately 20 works from the gift that relate to concepts of family and friends.

    “Weng Family Collection of Chinese Painting: Family and Friends” includes paintings and calligraphy by some of the greatest masters from the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1911) dynasties. The intimate Suzhou Sceneries (1484–1504) album describes Shen Zhou’s travels with friends around his home regions. The calligraphy in Nine Letters to Home (1523), written by Wen Zengming to his wife and sons, displays a spontaneity of style rarely found in the artist’s more formal works. The most recent piece in the exhibition is a handscroll painted by Wan-go H. C. Weng himself, Elegant Gathering at the Laixiju Studio (1990). The contemporary work commemorates a momentous gathering of friends—including six esteemed historians of Chinese paintings—held at the collector’s home in 1985.

    This is the first in a series of three exhibitions celebrating the landmark donation made by Wan-go H. C. Weng, a longtime supporter of the MFA who has devoted himself to the preservation and study of China’s cultural heritage.


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    New Resound: Ancient Bells of China
    Place: Freer Gallery of Art / Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution - Washington, D.C., 1050 Independence Ave SW, USA
    Date: Oct 14, 2019 to Jul 05, 2021
    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, 2019 to Jan 17, 2022
    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 Exceptionally Ordinary: Mingei 1920–2020
    Place: Seattle Art Museum - Seattle, 1300 First Ave, USA
    Date: Dec 14, 2019 to Jul 11, 2020
    Detail: Initiated in 1920s by the Japanese collector and connoisseur Yanagi Soetsu (1889–1961), the Mingei movement elevated functional, everyday crafts to art objects. While folk arts were important sources in the foundation of the movement, Mingei’s impact goes beyond Japanese folk crafts and even beyond the artists closely associated with the movement in the mid-twentieth century. Ranging from mid-century decorative arts to contemporary designs, the ceramics, textiles, sculptures, and prints in this exhibition are seen as exceptional art works in the broad applications of Mingei. Created by artists from Japan, Korea and the US, they all share characteristics of Mingei, such as the anonymity and honest labor of the maker as well as the simplicity and functionality of the objects. Positioning Mingei within a history of crafts and crafts-making, this exhibition celebrates the legacy of Mingei as its centennial approaches.


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    New Out of the Shadows: Contemporary Chinese Photography
    Place: Museum of Photographic Arts - San Diego, 1649 El Prado, California, USA
    Date: Mar 07, 2020 to Sep 20, 2020
    Detail: Inspired by the last three decades of China’s dynamic development, Out of the Shadows: Contemporary Chinese Photography features Chinese artists who question traditional aesthetics, local and global histories, and the photographic medium. Each featured artist has found his/her artistic voice by challenging conventional expressions of photography.

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    New Yoshitomo Nara
    Place: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, BCAM, Level 2 - Los Angeles, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., California, USA
    Date: Apr 05, 2020 to Aug 02, 2020
    Detail: Yoshitomo Nara is among the most beloved Japanese artists of his generation. His widely recognizable portraits of menacing figures reflect the artist’s raw encounters with his inner self. A peripatetic traveler, Nara’s oeuvre takes inspiration from a wide range of resources—memories of his childhood, music, literature, studying and living in Germany (1988–2000), exploring his roots in Japan, Sakhalin, and Asia, and modern art from Europe and Japan. Spanning over 30 years from 1987 to 2020, Yoshitomo Nara views the artist’s work through the lens of his longtime passion—music. Featuring album covers Nara began collecting as an adolescent, paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, an installation that recreates his drawing studio, and never-before-exhibited idea sketches that reflect the artist’s empathic eye, this exhibition shines a light on Nara’s conceptual process. One of the main highlights will be Miss Forest, a 26-foot outdoor painted bronze sculpture that will grace Wilshire Boulevard.


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    New The Porcelain Room – Chinese Export Porcelain
    Place: Fondazione Prada Milan - Milan, Largo Isarco, 2, Italy
    Date: Jan 30, 2020 to Jan 10, 2021

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    New Liu Ye: Storytelling
    Place: Fondazione Prada Milan - Nord Gallery - Milan, Largo Isarco, 2, Italy
    Date: Jan 30, 2020 to Jan 10, 2021
    Detail: "Storytelling" is a personal exhibition by Liu Ye created by Udo Kittelmann. Includes 35 paintings made by the Chinese artist from 1992 to today. Presented for the first time at Prada Rong Zhai in Shanghai in 2018, the exhibition project has been re-proposed in Milan since January 2020.

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    New ART IN CHINA 1949–1979
    Place: Ashmolean Museum - Oxford, Beaumont Street, United Kingdom
    Date: May 02, 2020 to Oct 04, 2020
    Detail: This exhibition covers the period from the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 to shortly after the death of Chairman Mao Zedong in 1976. It explores the significant changes that occurred in Chinese art over a period of thirty years that saw destruction, hardship and famine as well as the reconstruction of a new China based on communist principles.

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    New Longing for Nature: Reading Landscapes in Chinese Art
    Place: Museum Rietberg - Zurich, Gablerstrasse 15, Switzerland
    Date: Sep 11, 2020 to Jan 17, 2021
    Detail: Relying on masterly reduced, expressive brushstrokes, landscapes have been at the centre of Chinese painting for over a thousand years. One could even say that they have become the epitome of Chinese art and culture. Longing for Nature introduces viewers in europe to the art of Chinese landscape painting, and deciphers its multiple layers of meaning and the hidden messages they contain. The show provides insight into Chinese culture, philosophy, and literature and, at the same time, addresses a highly topical issue that transcends national boundaries, namely the fragile relationship between humans and nature. The exhibition also shows how classical modern as well as contemporary Chinese artists have stuck to the hallowed tradition of landscape painting, but today often interpret it in unconventional ways.

    For the first time, the exhibition juxtaposes significant historical works with landscape paintings by internationally renowned modern and contemporary artists.

    From Shen Zhou to Wen Zhengming, from Huang Binhong to Fu Baoshi, from Huang Yan to Yang Yongliang, the exhibition "Longing for Nature" presents over 70 works of countless generations of chinese scholars from the era of the 16th century Ming dynasty to the present day. By including select quotations, artists and art critics are given a voice of their own. On display are masterpieces from the renowned Charles A. Drenowatz Collection, which has been held by the Museum Rietberg since 1972, as well as rarely shown works from European museums and private collections.


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    New Nestorian Crosses of the Yuan Dynasty
    Place: University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong - Hong Kong, 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
    Date: Jun 10, 2016 to Dec 31, 2022
    Detail: The University of Hong Kong’s (HKU) Nestorian crosses were assembled by a Mr. F. A. Nixon who served as a British postal commissioner in Beijing in the 1930s and 1940s. Subsequently the collection was acquired by the Lee Hysan Foundation and donated to Hong Kong University in 1961.

    Nestorian bronze crosses were cast in the Ordos region in north-west China (Inner Mongolia) during the Yuan dynasty (1272–1368). They measure between 3 and 8 cm in height, are flat plaque-like ornaments with an outline in high relief and have a loop on the back suggesting that they were used as personal seals and were worn on the body. The loop facilitates a strapping to human clothing or girdles. The fine motifs of the cast Christian and Buddhist symbols and the rare survival of red-coloured ink deposits in intermittent lower parts of the design, suggested that these seals were used as chops and transferred their individual designs by printing them on other matters. Although all crosses are cast, the Nestorian crosses all seem to be unique and are, in fact, characteristic for their individual designs.

    Stylistically, all crosses fall into 4 different categories, many with mixed Christian and Buddhist motifs in the same artefact. The majority are executed in crucifix form—hence the group description as ‘crosses’—with either flat or round ends. Other ‘crosses’ in fact take the shape of animals, predominantly birds, but also hares and fish, as well as geometrical patterns, such as sun-like designs and miscellaneous Chinese seal-like forms.


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    New Ancient Religions
    Place: Asian Civilisations Museum - Singapore, 1 Empress Place, Singapore
    Date: Dec 12, 2017 to Dec 31, 2021
    Detail: The ACM permanent galleries on Level 2 explore how artists have masterfully expressed complex ideas about life and existence with religions in sculpture and paintings. Beginning with the Ancient Religions exhibition, which explores early styles and motifs of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism in India and how they spread to China and the larger Southeast Asia, the story continues in the following galleries as the art developed and evolved through the centuries.

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    New A Falcon’s Eye: Tribute to Sheikh Saoud Al Thani
    Place: Museum of Islamic Art - Doha, Qatar
    Date: Mar 25, 2020 to Jan 21, 2021
    Detail: Qatar Museums presents A Falcon's Eye: Tribute to Sheikh Saoud Al Thani, an exhibition that celebrates the outstanding accomplishments of one of Qatar’ greatest collectors who was largely responsible for laying the foundation for Qatar Museum’s world class collections. The exhibition showcases more than 300 outstanding art works from prehistoric fossils and Egyptian antiquities to Orientalist paintings and masterpieces of the history of photography in a spectacular display following the concept of ancient (Renaissance) “cabinet of curiosities” reflecting Sheikh Saoud’s fascination with both natural history and the art world.

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    New Tangential Stress - 2020 by MoNA
    Place: Museum of Nepali Art, Kathmandu Guest House - Kathmandu, Nepal
    Date: May 14, 2020 to Dec 31, 2020
    Detail: Tangential Stress [tan-jen-shial stres]: By definition it means: a force acting in a generally horizontal direction especially, an invisible energy that produces mountain folding and over thrusting.

    This is how COVID-19 has affected each and every one of us spiritually, physically and psychologically; with a sense of insecurity, an uncontrollable fear of uncertainty, acts of obsessive compulsivity, an unimaginable future, social distancing and in many other ways.

    Most people have absorbed and tolerated these unseen energies, coping and reacting accordingly. These energies have emitted in many ways for many people; some have gained weight, some have lost weight, some have exercised, some have become couch potatoes, some have become selfish, some have helped other people, and these “Nepalese ARTISTS” have expressed themselves in colors, strokes & mediums.

    COVID-19 has generated so many new tangents in our lives, creating a whole new timeline that is just capricious. In this strangled and impulsive environment, MoNA has commissioned 19 of our nation’s renowned artists to create masterpieces to express their emotions, anger, fear and hopes.

    This exhibition, entitled “Tangential Stress”, is a paroxysm of emotions, hoping we become less complacent, more appreciative of our nature and life, and teaching us humility.

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    New Streets of Hope
    Place: National Arts Council - Singapore, Civic District, Singapore
    Date: Jun 04, 2020 to Sep 01, 2020
    Detail: Missing the bustling streets of the city? As Singapore eases into recovery from the circuit breaker, the National Arts Council (NAC) brings the streets back to life with the best of arts and culture, literally. Through Streets of Hope, NAC bands together with 153 homegrown artists to take #SGCultureAnywhere, as their unique works line Singapore’s streets along St Andrew’s Road, Fullerton Road, Esplanade Drive, Stamford Road, and many more. The full Streets of Hope collection will also be made available online on the NAC Facebook page from 4 June for Singaporeans to easily access and enjoy the art works from wherever they are.

    This is the first and one of the largest presentations by our Singaporean artists, raised high on street banners to lift spirits, and for all to appreciate the creativity of our nation. This integrated project commissioned by NAC brings together the visual arts community in full force, joining hands with artists across generations, backgrounds and mediums. Look out for works by the likes of Milenko Prvacki, Heman Chong, Ezzam Rahman, and Zul Othman (ZERO) as we present creations ranging from Chinese calligraphy to digital print, performance art and even batik painting. Those at home can also explore these works up-close and get to know Singapore’s visual artists as the full Streets of Hope collection will be available on Gillman Barracks website by end of June. Be warned – you probably won't be able to choose a favourite.

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    New Hand Painted Ukiyo-e — From Moronobu to Shunshō, Utamaro and Hokusai
    Place: Idemitsu Museum of Arts - Tokyo, 9th Floor, Teigeki Bldg., 3-1-1,Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Japan
    Date: Jun 06, 2020 to Jul 12, 2020
    Detail: Ukiyo-e colored the history of art of the Edo period. Generally, prints are its well-known form, but from the 17th to 19th centuries, many of the ukiyo-e artists not only made sketches for prints but also left original paintings that required engagement in every step of the production. This exhibition will approach the creative power of expressive techniques, which were unraveled by discoveries from conservation work of recent years. We hope that you will enjoy through this show, the brilliance of color, as well as the lively brushwork distinctive to hand painted ukiyo-e.

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    New Shirley Tse: Stakes and Holders
    Place: M+ Pavilion - Hong Kong, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong
    Date: Jul 01, 2020 to Oct 04, 2020
    Detail: Shirley Tse: Stakes and Holders presents sculptural work and installations by the Los Angeles–based Hong Kong artist Shirley Tse. Tse’s site-responsive presentation uses sculpture as a way of thinking to explore contrasting positions, processes, and materials. She works with wood, plastics, and objects such as studio and sports equipment, as well as the techniques of turning on a lathe, 3D printing, and amateur radio transmission. Tse addresses the concepts of agency, negotiation, and connection in a pluralistic world, drawing on both histories and imaginations. The exhibition responds to Shirley Tse: Stakeholders, Hong Kong in Venice, Hong Kong’s presence at the Venice Biennale in 2019.

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    New Painted Folding Screens, Byōbu-e — Brilliance of the Japanese Esthetic
    Place: Idemitsu Museum of Arts - Tokyo, 9th Floor, Teigeki Bldg., 3-1-1,Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Japan
    Date: Jul 18, 2020 to Sep 06, 2020
    Detail: Byōbu, literally, is a screen to prevent wind from blowing into a room, and its broad painting surface was ideal for painting. The gorgeous painted folding screens colored the lives of the Japanese people and decorated their ceremonial occasions. They became a representative form of Japanese painting that gained popularity outside of Japan as well. This exhibition will feature its appeal and show the phases of its unique development through brilliant examples of yamato-e, genre paintings, and rakuchū rakugai zu (paintings of scenes in and around Kyoto).


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    New The Flower of Edo Paintings
    Place: Idemitsu Museum of Arts - Tokyo, 9th Floor, Teigeki Bldg., 3-1-1,Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Japan
    Date: Sep 19, 2020 to Dec 20, 2020
    Detail: About eighty masterpieces from the newly acquired former Etsuko and Joe Price Collection (Price Foundation) will be selected for exhibition in two parts. Part I features pieces such as the epoch-making Chōjū Kaboku Zu Byōbu (Mosaic Screens of Birds, Animals and Flowering Plants) by Itō Jakuchū, as well as the masterpieces of hand-painted ukiyo-e and genre paintings that show detailed depiction and rich expression. In Part II, you will be able to enjoy the world of Maruyama Ōkyo who led the Kyoto painting circle, and his disciples, and the sophistication of Edo Rimpa represented by Sakai Hōitsu and Suzuki Kiitsu.


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    New 100 Masterpieces Selected of Sengai
    Place: Idemitsu Museum of Arts - Tokyo, 9th Floor, Teigeki Bldg., 3-1-1,Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Japan
    Date: Jan 09, 2021 to Feb 11, 2021
    Detail: The year 2020 marks the 270th year of birth of Sengai. To commemorate this special year, 100 masterpieces including, “Hotei (Budai) Pointing at the Moon,” “The Universe” and “The Willow,” are carefully selected for this ultimate show. It will be a show in which you will be able to encounter paintings and warm messages by Sengai and also discover the real image of this mon, yet not revealed, which will satisfy not only the enthusiasts but also the beginners, hoping to meet the expectations of every fan.


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    New Ceramics of the East — Artistic Exchange in Asian Art
    Place: Idemitsu Museum of Arts - Tokyo, 9th Floor, Teigeki Bldg., 3-1-1,Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Japan
    Date: Feb 20, 2021 to Mar 28, 2021
    Detail: Masterpieces from the ceramics collection of the Museum, featuring items from Japan, China and the Korean peninsula will be displayed. From the old days, Asian people created a variety of ceramics, such as celadon, white porcelain and iro-e (overglaze enameled ware), and developed their own ceramic culture as a result of exchange with other countries. This exhibition will focus on the the exchange and introduce the appeal of Asian ceramics. There will also be a special section honoring the achievements of the researcher of ceramics, Koyama Fujio (1900–1975).

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    New Parcours des Mondes
    Place: Saint Germain-Des-Prés - Paris, France
    Date: Sep 08, 2020 to Sep 13, 2020
    Detail: Parcours des mondes brings together some 60 art galleries from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas each year in Saint Germain-Des-Prés, Paris, in September. This art fair is the most important fair by the number, quality and diversity of its participants.

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    New India Art Festival
    Place: Nehru Centre - Mumbai, India
    Date: Jan 09, 2020 to Nov 29, 2020
    Detail: India Art Festival, a contemporary art fair founded in 2011 is a new model for dialogue and collaborations between art galleries, art dealers, art buyers, artists, interior designer, architects and art connoisseurs who come together every year under roof. India Art Festival (IAF) along with mid-level and major art galleries also provides the opportunity to emerging, independent artists to get discovered and enjoy the attention along with the established artists.

    Mumbai Edition
    09 to 12 January 2020
    Nehru Centre, Mumbai

    Bengaluru Edition
    24 to 26 April 2020
    CKP Art Complex Bengaluru

    New Delhi Edition
    26 to 29 November 2020
    Thyagaraj Stadium, New Delhi

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    New Japanese Bamboo Art
    Place: Tai Modern - Santa Fe, 1601 Paseo de Peralta, New Mexico, USA
    Date: Jul 10, 2020 to Aug 15, 2020
    Detail: In connection with the 2nd Annual Santa Fe Art Week, TAI Modern presents Japanese Bamboo Art, a group exhibition featuring a diverse selection of recently acquired works, both historic and contemporary, of Japanese bamboo art.

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