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Special Exhibitions

Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Over the last forty years, archaeologists working in Saudi Arabia have unearthed an astonishing level of artifacts from the peninsula’s ancient past, radically transforming our understanding of the region. Roads of Arabia features more than 200 objects, ranging from excavated stone tools—some dating back more than a million years—to a 17th-century set of gilded doors that once graced the entrance to the Ka’ba, Islam’s holiest sanctuary.

Enter the Mandala: Cosmic Centers and Mental Maps of Himalayan Buddhism
Closes Sun, Oct 26

Enter the Mandala explores the physical and symbolic geography of the mandala, a geometric map of Himalayan Buddhist visionary worlds. In this exhibition, Tibetan masterpieces transform one of the museum's galleries into a three-dimensional architectural mandala.

Don't miss your chance to literally "enter the mandala" before it closes on Sunday, October 26th.

From Two Arises Three: The Collaborative Works of Arnold Chang and Michael Cherney
Through Mar 1, 2015

When Chinese ink painter Arnold Chang and photographer Michael Cherney met for the first time in 2007, they recognized a compatibility between Chang's personal brushwork and Cherney's granular photographs, which recall the aesthetics of ink painting. Since 2009, they have been creating joint works that explore the differences and highlight the similarities between the two mediums.

From Two Arises Three features 20 works by Chang and Cherney, which strive to bridge the gap between the traditions of Chinese ink painting and the concerns of contemporary art.

Tradition on Fire: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Paul and Kathy Bissinger Collection
Through Apr 5, 2015

Tradition on Fire: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Paul and Kathy Bissinger Collection introduces museum visitors to the vibrant shapes and diverse textures of contemporary Japanese ceramics created since the late 20th century. Twenty artists draw upon the long and revered traditions of Japanese ceramics in search of the new.


Asian Art Museum
Chong-Moon Lee Center
for Asian Art & Culture
200 Larkin Street
SF, CA  94102

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