Enjoy an audio tour featuring three special exhibitions on view at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco during the spring of 2016: "Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts;" "Hidden Gold: Mining Its Meaning in Asian Art;" and "China at the Center: Rare Ricci and Verbiest World Maps." Museum curators Qamar Adamjee, Jeffrey Durham, and Natasha Reichle will be your personal guides.
The tour begins with "Pearls on a String," which asks, “Who’s behind the art?” Go on a journey spanning the 16th through 18th centuries to discover a writer, painter and patron in the cosmopolitan Islamic world––through the striking artworks they created and inspired. Moving on to power, wealth, immortality . . . unearth the significance of gold in art across the diverse cultures of Asia with "Hidden Gold," just in time to celebrate the museum’s golden anniversary. Finally, "China at the Center" showcases two rare 17th-century maps––early collaborations between Jesuit priests and Chinese scholars––that reveal what mapmakers knew of the world and what they imagined.
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About the Museum
The Asian Art Museum is one of San Francisco's premier arts institutions and home to a world-renowned collection of more than 18,000 Asian art treasures spanning 6,000 years of history. Through rich art experiences, centered on historic and contemporary artworks, the museum unlocks the past for visitors, bringing art to life and serving as a catalyst for new art, new creativity and new thinking.