New Exhibition From India At The Asian Art Museum

Painting Is My Everything is really something very different, and the exhibition opens tomorrow and runs through December 30 at the Asian Art Museum. Here’s how the museum describes the works on display:

With precise skill and bold artistic vision, the 17 contemporary artists included in this exhibition, many of them women, employ a centuries-old regional style to express personal experiences and viewpoints. They paint traditional subjects such as Hindu gods but also use their brushes to document and comment on everyday life as well as national and global events.

The backstory on this exhibition is extraordinary:  Mithila is a region in India, and the style of painting found there was originally practiced exclusively by women on the walls of their homes. In the wake of a severe drought in the 1960s, this mural tradition was transferred to paper, a format that could be sold to bring much-needed income to rural villages. The paintings on display at the Asian Art Museum are a visually delightful expression the Mithila aesthetic.

For more information on the exposition, the history behind it, and tickets,  please click here.

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Divine Bodies on Display at the Asian Art Museum

Beginning this Friday, the Asian Art Museum will be presenting Divine Bodies, an ambitious exhibition that will be on display through July 29.

This is how the museum describes it:

“Bringing historical paintings and sculptures from mainly Hindu and Buddhist traditions together with contemporary photo-based work, Divine Bodies invites you to ponder the power of transformation, the possibility of transcendence, and the relationship of the body to the cosmos.”

“The exhibition is organized into thematic sections that encourage us to look at objects not only as artworks but also as devotional images and ask, ‘How can we see the human in the divine and the divine in the human?'”

Doesn’t this sound like a wonderful break from the coarse nature of the discourse that besieges us today? It certainly seems worth a look!

Asian Art Museum
www.asianart.org
200 Larkin Street, San Francisco

Free Admission this Sunday at the Asian Art Museum

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San Francisco is winding down after a busy New Year’s Eve weekend. What’s more, it’s supposed to rain this upcoming Saturday and Sunday. So this might be a great time to visit the Asian Art Museum. Besides, admission is free this Sunday.

Admission is free the first Sunday of each month, but since the museum was closed last Sunday on New Year’s Day, free admission has been moved to this Sunday.

There’s a ton to see at the museum, including an exhibit called A Billion Buddhas.