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What Makes this Dragon Lucky?

Dragon Fortune
If you’ve visited Asian Art Museum recently, it’s unlikely you missed the playful creature standing sentry at our steps: a hulking, psychedelic dragon painted in every color of the rainbow, from its fiery horns down to its checkered purple sneakers. Taiwanese artist Hung Yi’s Dragon Fortune meshes together Taiwanese folk art, Japanese textile design, pop art and children’s cartoons, breathing vibrant colors and auspicious...

“Photo Koshien” – the Japanese National High School Photography Contest

The national high school photography competition in Japan, known as “Photo Koshien 写真甲子園”, has been completed for the 24th year in a row. The students from the Kansai region have won the championship this year. Pictured below are their winning photographs, titled:  "や さ し い (time)". Other submitted works of theirs include works from the second and preliminary rounds: Eighteen schools...

Two Japanese Master Printmakers Go Head to Head in “Showdown! Kuniyoshi vs. Kunisada”

Two Japanese Master Printmakers Go Head to Head in "Showdown! Kuniyoshi vs. Kunisada"
Exhibition of 100 Colorful Prints Poses Question: “Are you #TeamKuniyoshi or #TeamKunisada?” AUGUST 11–DECEMBER 10, 2017 Rival artists Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797–1861) and Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1864) were the two best-selling designers of ukiyo-e woodblock prints in 19th-century Japan. Featuring 100 works drawn from the preeminent Japanese collection housed at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), Showdown! Kuniyoshi vs. Kunisada revives the centuries-old competition and invites visitors...

Japanese Creations Arts and Crafts Experience Creator Launches With Three Traditional Japanese Craft Styles

Japanese Creations
Japanese Creations Arts and Crafts Experience Creator Launches With Three Traditional Japanese Craft Styles SAN JOSE, Calif., May 17, 2017 — Japanese Creations, an online Japanese arts and crafts experience creator, has launched its brand with three traditional Japanese craft styles: Chigiri-e, Chirimen and Etegami.  With all materials hand-selected in Japan, Japanese Creations offers authentic Japanese arts and crafts online courses...

M-Cake: COOL JAPAN CAKE

M CAKES Japan
M CAKES is a licensed home-based e-commerce webstore business specializing in creative custom designed cakes, owned & operated by cake designer/decorator Megumi "jumbo-m" Suzuki. "American Cake Decorating Strictly Made in Hokkaido" Megumi Suzuki is a self-taught cake decorator specializing in sculpted fondant cakes and fondant cake toppers. It all began in 2008, when Megumi came across rolled fondant on the internet during a...

First Exhibition to Pair Rival Artists Kuniyoshi and Kunisada at MFA Boston

AUGUST 11–DECEMBER 10, 2017 In August, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), opens an exhibition of works by rival artists Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1864) and Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797–1861), the two foremost designers of ukiyo-e woodblock prints in 19th-century Japan. Kunisada was the popular favorite during his lifetime, famous for realistic portraits of Kabuki theater actors, sensual images of beautiful women and...

Asian Art Museum Sweeps Industry Awards

ASIAN ART MUSEUM SWEEPS INDUSTRY AWARDS
Critically-acclaimed exhibition The Rama Epic wins multiple prestigious accolades from Association of Art Museum Curators and American Alliance of Museums San Francisco, May 12, 2017 — The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe, an unprecedented special exhibition that was on view at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco from Oct. 21, 2016 – Jan. 15, 2017, was the recipient...

Liu Jianhua: Collected Letters

Liu Jianhua: Collected Letters
NOW ON VIEW LOGGIA, SECOND FLOOR In the elegant Loggia, echoes of our building’s history linger in limestone walls, stately pillars and the ornate ceiling. Now, a cutting-edge art installation transforms one corner of the space: Porcelain letters and fragments of Chinese characters, suspended in midair, mingle in a silent symphony of symbols, open to interpretation and a new reading. With...

China’s 8 Brokens: Puzzles of the Treasured Past

China’s 8 Brokens Puzzles of the Treasured Past
JUNE 17–OCTOBER 29, 2017 This summer, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), presents China's 8 Brokens: Puzzles of the Treasured Past, the first-ever exhibition dedicated to bapo (which translates to "eight brokens") painting. The revolutionary artistic genre emerged in China during the mid-19th century. Eight is a lucky number in Chinese culture, and bapo refers to the damaged cultural...

SAINTS AND KINGS ARTS, CULTURE, AND LEGACY OF THE SIKHS

SAINTS AND KINGS
MAR 10 — JUN 25, 2017 Celebrate the artistic and cultural heritage of the Sikhs. With nearly 27 million adherents worldwide, Sikhism is among the world’s largest religions, and also one of the youngest. A diverse selection of 30 paintings, prints and textiles celebrates the artistic and cultural legacy of the Sikhs and the community’s longstanding connection to California. Delve into...
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