First Look: Collecting Contemporary at the Asian

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Mid-Autumn Festival, 1969 Ink And Colors On Paper. Courtesy Of Asian Art Museum Of San Francisco, 2003.22 © Liu Guosong, 2003.22.
First Look: Collecting Contemporary at the Asian

200 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
September 4th, 2015 - October 11th, 2015

Union Square/Civic Center
Tue-Wed, Fri-Sun 10-5; Thu (Jan-Oct) 10-9; Thu (Nov-Dec) 10-5; closed Mon
weaving, new media, painting

We’ve got new stuff, and we’re ready to show it off.
Everyone knows we have one of the largest and most impressive collections of Asian art in the Western world. But you might not know we’ve spent the last 15 years enriching that celebrated collection with outstanding contemporary art.   

For the first time ever, we’re presenting a large-scale exhibition of contemporary highlights from the museum’s collection. These pieces are remarkable on their own, but they also activate the rest of the museum’s collection in compelling new ways, infusing traditional themes and mediums with present-day ideas.   

The exhibition features artists from Asia as well as from the United States. Yako Hodo abstracts the traditional art of basket weaving, while works by Yang Yongliang and Xu Bing push Chinese ink painting into new media. First Look also features Bay Area favorites like Hung Liu and Zheng Chongbin. There’s something for everyone, so come take a “first look” and see what speaks to you. 
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