Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past

Medha Kapur of Saffronart on a prodigious exhibit at the Asian Art Museum

Anonymity, 2008-2011 (ongoing project), by Poklong Anading (Philippines)

Anonymity, 2008-2011 (ongoing project), by Poklong Anading (Philippines). Series of nine lightboxes, black and white Duratrans print. © Poklong Anading, 2011; Courtesy Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill, Graz, Austria.

SAN FRANCISCO: The Asian Art Museum breaks new ground with its first large scale exhibition juxtaposing ancient and contemporary Asian art -‘Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past’. With a total of 140 artworks on display the exhibition covers a vast array of materials, genres and media including masks, textiles, sculptures, ceramics, film and video art, photography, and, of course, painting.The exhibition offers a unique insight into Asian cosmology, mythology and spiritual belief systems. It includes 90 objects from the museum’s collections, some dating back 2,000 years and works by 31 contemporary artists including, Hiroshi Sugimoto (Japan/USA) Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand), Adeela Suleman (Pakistan), Jagannath Panda (India), N.S. Harsha (India), Raqib Shaw (India/UK), and Choi Jeong Hwa (Korea).

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