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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 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 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 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 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 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 Asian Art in London
    Place: Around London - London, United Kingdom
    Date: Oct 15, 2020 to Nov 07, 2020
    Detail: Asian Art in London, founded in 1998, celebrates London as the international centre for expertise and excellence in Asian Art. Every Fall we co-ordinate a programme of events that showcase Asian art from our participants – leading international Asian art dealers, auction houses, museums and societies, through a series of gallery selling-exhibitions, auctions, receptions and lectures. This year the events have been extended. Commencing on 15 October, they will focus on Indian & Islamic Art, featuring a wide selection of new participants. Following on, from 29 October to 7 November, the focus moves east to China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia. Participant events are complemented by exhibitions and seminars at satellite events around London.

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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 Court Art from India, Persia and Turkey
    Place: Forge and Lynch - St. James’s, London, 2 Georgian House, 10 Bury Street, United Kingdom
    Date: Oct 22, 2020 to Oct 30, 2020
    Detail: The exhibition comprises a selection of about forty miniature paintings and works of art, giving a taste of court art in different media. The paintings range in date from the late sixteenth to the mid-nineteenth century. A fine painting from the ‘Third” Akbarnama depicts Sher Shah’s Capture of Rohtasgarh Fort in 1538 A.D., an Afghan adversary of Emperor Humayun who challenged him in gaining territory in Bengal. Ascribed to three known court artists, in palette and design it is an exceptional work. In contrast is an evocative painting by the Mewar court artist Tara, Sarup Singh at target practice in a garden, circa 1855, depicting the Udaipur ruler against a vibrant green ground.

    Works of art include three Iznik polychrome tiles, circa 1575, a large 17th century Safavid blue-and-white pottery dish, two eighteenth century ‘Bidri’ huqqa bottles, and a charming bronze Nandi bull from south India. From Qajar Persia are two exceptional works: a fine silver- and gold-inlaid steel bottle similar to one in the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and a fine steel pen-box inscribed to one of the daughters of the great Fath Ali Shah (r. 1797-1834), Gawhar Khanum, dated 1815-16 A.D

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    New Fine Japanese Works of Art
    Place: Grace Tsumugi Fine Art - London, 8 Duke Street, St James's, United Kingdom
    Date: Oct 28, 2020 to Nov 20, 2020
    Detail: OPENING HOURS
    Monday – Friday 10.00 – 18.00
    Saturday, 31 October 12.00 – 17.00
    Sunday, 1 November 12.00 – 20.00
    Saturday, 7 November by appointment only

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    New Chinese Works of Art
    Place: Eskenazi Ltd. - London, 10 Clifford Street, Mayfair, United Kingdom
    Date: Oct 29, 2020 to Nov 07, 2020

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    New Recent Acquisitions
    Place: Berwald - London, 17 Clifford Street, Second Floor, Mayfair , United Kingdom
    Date: Nov 02, 2020 to Nov 04, 2020

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    New Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Art
    Place: Bonhams - New York, 580 Madison Avenue, United Kingdom
    Date: Sep 23, 2020

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    New Islamic and Indian Art
    Place: Bonhams - London, 101 New Bond Street, Mayfair, United Kingdom
    Date: Oct 20, 2020

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    New Arts of the Islamic World & India
    Place: Sotheby's - London, 34-35 New Bond Street, Mayfair, United Kingdom
    Date: Oct 27, 2020

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    New Asian Art
    Place: Bonhams - London, Montpelier Street, Knightsbridge, United Kingdom
    Date: Nov 02, 2020 to Nov 03, 2020

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    New Fine Japanese Art
    Place: Sotheby's - London, 34-35 New Bond Street, Mayfair, United Kingdom
    Date: Nov 03, 2020

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    New Fine Netsuke from a French Private Collection
    Place: Bonhams - London, 101 New Bond Street, Mayfair, United Kingdom
    Date: Nov 04, 2020

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    New Important Chinese Art
    Place: Sotheby's - London, 34-35 New Bond Street, Mayfair, United Kingdom
    Date: Nov 04, 2020

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    New Chinese Furniture From a European Private Collection
    Place: Sotheby's - London, 34-35 New Bond Street, Mayfair, United Kingdom
    Date: Nov 04, 2020

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    New Fine Chinese Art
    Place: Bonhams - London, 101 New Bond Street, Mayfair, United Kingdom
    Date: Nov 05, 2020

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    New Fine Japanese Art
    Place: Bonhams - London, 101 New Bond Street, Mayfair, United Kingdom
    Date: Nov 05, 2020

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    New Fine Asian Works of Art
    Place: Lyon & Turnbull at The Hellenic Centre - London, 16-18 Paddington Street, United Kingdom
    Date: Nov 05, 2020
    Detail: Thursday 5 November 2020 14:00

    Viewing by appointment only

    Friday, 30 October 10.00 – 17.00
    Saturday, 31 October 10.00 – 17.00
    Sunday, 1 November 10.00 – 17.00
    Monday, 2 November 10.00 – 17.00
    Tuesday, 3 November 10.00 – 17.00
    Wednesday, 4 November 10.00 – 17.00
    Thursday, 5 November 10.00 – 13.00


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    New Chinese, Japanese & South East Asian Art
    Place: Roseberys - London, 70-76 Knight’s Hill, West Norwood, United Kingdom
    Date: Nov 11, 2020
    Detail: Wednesday 11th November
    Starting at 11.00


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    New Images of Devotion
    Place: Bonhams - Hong Kong, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong
    Date: Oct 05, 2020

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    New Asian Art
    Place: Bonhams - Sydney, 97-99 Queen Street, Woollahra, Australia
    Date: Nov 18, 2020

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