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Asia Week New York 2015 to Host Reception at The Metropolitan Museum of Art as the Museum Marks the 100th Anniversary of its Asian Art Department

The Asia Week New York Association is pleased to announce that its annual invitation-only reception, heralding the nine-day Asian art extravaganza that stirs excitement throughout New York every spring, will take place at The Metropolitan Museum on March 16, 2015.
The Astor Chinese Garden Court
China, Ming dynasty (1368–1644), 17th century style
Taihu rocks, granite terrace, ceramic tile flooring, roof tiles, and door frames, various woods (nan wood columns, pine beams, gingko latticework), brass fittings
Purchase, The Vincent Astor Foundation Gift, 1981

“We are honored to host our reception on the milestone occasion of the Metropolitan Museum’s unparalleled Asian art department’s 100th anniversary,” says Carol Conover, chairman of Asia Week New York. “I can’t think of a more glorious setting in which to celebrate the sixth edition of Asia Week New York.”
China, Ming dynasty (1368–1644), early 15th century
Silk, metallic thread, and horsehair embroidery on silk satin
Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1993

Maxwell K. Hearn, Douglas Dillon Chairman of the Metropolitan’s Department of Asian Art, commented: “We are delighted to once again welcome the Asian art community to the Met as part of the exciting events of Asia Week. 2015 marks the centennial of the establishment of the Met's Asian art department, and we are celebrating this milestone with a yearlong series of new exhibitions and installations featuring the permanent collection—eight of which will be open during Asia Week. These include treasures of Chinese decorative art, eight centuries of Chinese painting in the album format, a dazzling reinstallation of our Himalayan collection, and fascinating surveys of Japanese and Korean art that reveal Americans’ changing tastes and collecting interests. Through these and other displays in the Met’s galleries, one can explore the history of the West’s encounter with the East.”
Irises at Yatsuhashi (Eight Bridges)
Ogata Kōrin (Japanese, 1658–1716)
Japan, Edo period (1615–1868), after 1709
Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink and color on gilt paper
Image (each screen): 64 7/16 in. x 11ft. 6 3/4 in. (163.7 x 352.4 cm) Overall (each screen): 70 1/2 in. x 12 ft. 2 1/4 in. (179.1 x 371.5 cm)
Purchase, Louisa Eldridge McBurney Gift, 1953
According to Ms. Conover, the Metropolitan Museum will open all of its Asian art galleries for viewing so that guests can avail themselves of the special curatorial tours of the major exhibitions on view during Asia Week New York. They include: The Art of the Chinese Album; Painting with Threads: Chinese Tapestry and Embroidery, 12th – 19th Century; Sumptuous: East Asian Lacquer, 14th-20th Century; Sacred Traditions of the Himalayas; Celebration of the Year of the Ram; Inventing Korea: 100 Years of Collecting at the Met; Discovering Japanese Art: American Collectors and the Met; and the reinstallation of the Galleries for Nepal and Tibet. 
Many of the Asia Week New York dealers will launch their exhibitions on Friday evening, March 13. The exhibitions will open to the public during Open House Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, March 14 and 15 and throughout the week until March 21.
About Asia Week New York
42 top-tier international Asian art specialists, five major auction houses, and 19 museums and Asian cultural institutions unite for a nine day celebration of simultaneous gallery open houses, and Asian art auctions, as well as numerous museum exhibitions, lectures, and special events.   
Participants from Australia, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Switzerland, and the United States unveil an extraordinary array of treasures from China, India, Southeast Asia, Tibet, Nepal, Japan, and Korea. 
Asia Week New York Association, Inc. is a 501(c)6 non-profit trade membership organization registered with the state of New York.
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About The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Founded on April 13, 1870, The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a living encyclopedia of world art. Every culture from every part of the world—from Florence to Thebes to Papua New Guinea—from the earliest times to the present and in every medium is represented, frequently at the highest levels of quality and invention. The Museum’s more than two million square feet house what is in fact a collection of collections; several of its departments could be major independent museums almost anywhere else, including the Department of Asian Art, whose collection is one of the largest and most comprehensive in the West. As impressive as its collections is the Museum’s diverse audience, which last year numbered over 6 million visitors. 
For a comprehensive listing of the Metropolitan’s current and forthcoming exhibitions, please visit the Museum’s website
About Asia Week New York 2015 Presenting Sponsor: Aman
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