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Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei
Now On View!

Explore the exhibition The New York Times is calling “a feast for the eyes.” Passed from dynasty to dynasty and once sheltered in Beijing’s Forbidden City, these masterpieces were conveyed to Taiwan amid conflict and now reside in one of the world's finest collections of Chinese art. See exquisite artwork made by and for nine of China’s rulers, including the Empress Dowager, Cixi. 

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Priceless Pork Belly, Plated
Through July 17

13 of San Francisco's hottest eateries have cooked up tribute pork dishes inspired by the Qing dynasty "Meat-shaped stone." Order a priceless pork belly entree at any one of the participating restaurants and receive a limited edition pork "belly button." Each button comes with a 20% discount to see the meaty muse "in the flesh" at the museum.

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Thurs, July 7, 6–9 PM

Four local culinary innovators present their interpretations of dongpo rou (braised pork belly). Grab a pork passport and try a sample of each dish.


Also on July 7: Lunar Society's Tales & Cocktails >


Artists Drawing Club

天圓地方 Patterns of Heaven & Earth
Thurs, July 28, 6:30–9 PM
$5 / FREE for Members

Taiwanese American artist Nick Dong is an Oakland-based conceptual metalsmith and mixed-media sculptor. Reflecting on Emperors' Treasures, Dong will create an interactive, immersive installation of a “circular sky” and a “square earth," invoking ancient Chinese iconography of heaven and earth.

More About Nick Dong >

Other Evening Programs:
Tasting Menu with Rice, Paper, Scissors, July 21 >
Lunar Society's Craft Night, July 28  >


3 People Project
Connecting Generations
Sat, July 16, 2–3:30 PM
FREE with Museum Admission

Through the 3 People Project, the students of Chinatown's Donaldina Cameron House trained to capture on film the often untold immigration experiences of community elders. See five films at this special screening, each one revealing the fears, motivations and challenges these seniors faced in leaving their homelands. 

Alphabet Rockers Are Back! Aug 7 >
Other Family Programs >
Rhino C
lub: Just for Kids >

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

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Emperors’ Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei is co-organized by the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and the National Palace Museum, Taipei. Presentation is made possible with the generous support of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, Henry Luce Foundation, Doris Shoong Lee and Theodore Bo Lee, Robert and Vivian Tsao, Diane B. Wilsey, The Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Fund for Excellence in Exhibitions and Presentations, East West Bank, United Airlines, Alphawood Foundation, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, BizLink Technology, Inc., Jamie and Steve Chen, Lee Chen, Christie's, C.M. Capital Corporation, Fred Eychaner, Winnie and Michael Feng, Doug Tilden and Teresa Keller Tilden, Taiwan Tourism Bureau, The American Friends of the Shanghai Museum, Julia K. Cheng, Cheng & Tsui Company, Fred M. Levin and Nancy Livingston, The Shenson Foundation, H. Christopher Luce and Tina Liu, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, R.O.C., and anonymous donors. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Art and the Humanities, and in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Media sponsors: ABC7, KQED, Sing Tao Daily, World Journal, Sina. The Artists Drawing Club series is made possible with generous support from Cathy and Howard Moreland. Thursday Nights are supported in part by The Hearst Foundations, Inc., The Joseph & Mercedes McMicking Foundation, Dodge & Cox, and The Morrison & Foerster Foundation.

Installation view of Emperors’ Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 2016, Asian Art Museum. Photograph © Asian Art Museum. Headdress for a court lady (dianzi). Qing dynasty (1644–1911). Jade, tourmaline, pears, tiny pearls, lapis lazuli, and textiles. National Palace Museum, Taipei, Guza 005974 Jin-74-46. Photograph © National Palace Museum, Taipei. 


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