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From Major Chinese Archaeological Finds to Modern Asian American Masters, Trove of Exclusive Shows at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco Rewrites History in 2022

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SAN FRANCISCO, September 30, 2021 — In 2022, the Asian Art Museum delves deep into the past with fantastic archaeological treasures, celebrates the innovations of women artists within traditional craft and modernist movements, explores the role of gender and sexuality across cultures and centuries, and updates the canon of contemporary art to include overlooked Asian American masters.


This diverse and exciting array of exhibitions follows the completion of the museum’s multiyear, multimillion dollar project to transform the visitor experience through a significant expansion and enhancement of its campus and galleries and a broad investment in digital learning tools both on-site and online. As part of this transformation, the museum successfully unveiled the new Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Pavilion with the blockbuster teamLab: Continuity exhibition, which continues to break museum records for attendance and engagement.


“Our transformation has given us a bigger, broader platform to display art from regions and creators that have historically been less well represented, not only in our collections and exhibitions, but across museums generally,” says Dr. Jay Xu, The Barbara Bass Bakar Director and CEO of the Asian Art Museum. “Our audiences want vibrant encounters with incredible art and, through this art, to understand the world around them, to understand how the past connects to the present, and to participate in conversations about today’s most critical issues. That’s exactly what we can promise in 2022: the Asian Art Museum firing on all cylinders.”

About the Asian Art Museum


Located in the heart of San Francisco, the museum is home to one of the world’s finest collections of Asian art, with more than 18,000 awe-inspiring artworks ranging from ancient jades and ceramics to contemporary video installations. Dynamic special exhibitions, cultural celebrations and public programs for all ages provide rich art experiences that unlock the past and spark questions about the future.


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Image Credits: Painted Cloak, 1971 by Carlos Villa (American, 1936–2013). Mixed media. Photograph © Estate of Carlos Villa.  An Iban woman spinning, Kalimantan, 1900–1940. Collection Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen. Coll. No. TM-60006393. Musical Bodies: Banjo, 1999, by Wilson Shieh (Chinese, 1970). Ink and color on gold paper. Asian Art Museum, Gift of the Yiqingzhai Collection, 2005.77. Photograph © Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.  A Lady and a Roadmap, 1963, by Bernice Bing (American, 1936–1998). Oil on Canvas. Asian Art Museum, Purchased using Acquisitions Endowment proceeds. Photo © Bing Estate. Ritual_1970-1, 1970, by Carlos Villa (American, 1936–2013). Mixed media on unstretched canvas. Photograph by Jay Jones. Animal face mask, ca. 1000 BCE. Western Zhou period (ca. 1050–771 BCE). Bronze. Photograph © Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.