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Monday, October 5, 2015

Asia Week San Francisco Bay Area: It's Even Bigger Than You Might Think

Posted By on Mon, Oct 5, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Chang Dai-chien, "Detail of Blue Lotus" Lithograph on paper, 22 x 30 inches, 1973 - ASIA WEEK SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
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  • Chang Dai-chien, "Detail of Blue Lotus" Lithograph on paper, 22 x 30 inches, 1973

When planning an event that focuses on Asian art, it’s difficult to represent the expansive continent properly. But props to Millbrae’s contemporary gallery, Nanhai Art, which this weekend presents the inaugural season of Asia Week San Francisco Bay Area. Nanhai brings together the area’s top museums, galleries, and lecturers and for a whopping 27 exhibitions and events in total from around 10 regions ranging from China and Japan, to Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

Nomin Bold, "Queen Goo Maral" Gouache on cotton, 2014 - ASIA WEEK SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
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  • Nomin Bold, "Queen Goo Maral" Gouache on cotton, 2014

And in the Bay Area, where the Asian population makes up roughly a third of the population, it’s events like these that are particularly important when observing and celebrating cultures of our minority peoples. The inclusive week brings to light venues outside of San Francisco such as UC Berkeley's Institute for East Asian Studies and Sunnyvale’s Indian Classical Music and Arts Foundation. Placed together with the likes of the city’s Asian Art Museum's’ impressive collection (which is one of the largest in North America) and true diversity of the event is staggering.

Scene from the Ramayana (Epic of Rama);  Kumbhakarna battles the monkeys, Sandstone, Northeastern Thailand, approx. 1075-1125 - ASIA WEEK SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
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  • Scene from the Ramayana (Epic of Rama); Kumbhakarna battles the monkeys, Sandstone, Northeastern Thailand, approx. 1075-1125

Some highlights include a symposium series from the Asia Society Northern California, a Chinatown Art Walk by the Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco, and rare Mongolian art from The Mongolia Foundation.

Zhang Daqian, "Living in the Mountains (detail), Ink and color on paper, 1899 – 1983 - ASIA WEEK SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
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  • Zhang Daqian, "Living in the Mountains (detail), Ink and color on paper, 1899 – 1983

Asia Week San Francisco Bay Area continues through Oct. 10 at various locations throughout the Bay Area. 
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