TAG: Asian art

Fujioka Shūhei (b. 1947), Vase, Japan. Ceramic.
Event: Lectures & Programs

Conversation with a Curator: From the Fire

Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Robert and Lisa Kessler Collection
Friday, November 4, 2016 - 4:00pm5:00pm.

Join curator Tianlong Jiao on a tour through From the Fire: Contemporary Japanee Ceramics from the Robert and Lisa Kessler Collection. More

Liu Jianhua. Courtesy of the artist.
Event: Lectures & Programs

Curator's Circle: Ceramic Artist Liu Jianhua

From “Elusive Delight” to "No Sense, No Content”….The Thinking in My Works
Friday, November 18, 2016 - 6:30pm7:30pm.

World-renowned Chinese ceramic artist Liu Jianhua will present the trail of his thinking in creating many of his intriguing and appealing works over the past two decades.

Liu’s seductive and provocative porcelain works and installations have been highly recognized for their visual and phenomenological impact on viewers.

Doors open at 6 pm for lecture.

Reception afterward in El Pomar Hall outside the auditorium.

Admission is free, but please reserve a place to attend the reception. More

Kosode with waterfall, chrysanthemums, and footed tray, Early Edo period, 17th century.
Event: Lectures & Programs

The History of the Kimono

with Dr. Hiroko Johnson
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 12:00pm1:00pm.

Originally an imported fashion from China made popular by courtesans (who wore their under clothing as fashion, just like Madonna!), kimono have evolved to become the iconic dress of Japan.

Follow the development of design, uses, style, and decorative techniques in kimono with Dr. Hiroko Johnson, Professor Emeritus and Lecturer in Japanese Art History, San Diego State University.

Doors open at 11:30 am. More

Students learning about Japanese art and culture during a field trip at the Denver Art Museum
Field Trip


Grades K-8

Students are transported to another place and time as they respectfully handle a samurai sword, carefully hold tea bowls, and explore ink painting tools, all while looking closely at historic art of Japan.

Fujioka Shūhei (b. 1947), Vase, Japan. Ceramic.

From the Fire

Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Robert and Lisa Kessler Collection
On View through October 1, 2017

This exhibition features 65 examples of contemporary Japanese ceramic arts, created by 35 Japanese artists, from the celebrated collection of Robert and Lisa Kessler. More

Event: Lectures & Programs

Curator's Circle: Pictorial Ceramics—Contemporary Porcelain

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 12:00pm1:00pm.

Renowned collector of Chinese arts Humphrey H.K. Hui will lead us in a discussion of the painting styles found on contemporary Chinese porcelain from early Republic (1912-1949) works to the recognized masters of present day, including the popular faking of Qing dynasty pieces. More

Mindful Looking
Event: Lectures & Programs

Mindful Looking

Japanese Landscape Scrolls
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 1:00pm1:45pm.

Join Interpretive Specialist Sarah Magnatta for a meditative viewing experience of three Japanese landscape scroll paintings from the Asian collection. More

Oda Nobunaga
Blog: Behind the Scenes

The 3 Unifiers of Japan

The history of Japan’s warring-states period, which lasted from 1467 to 1600, is filled with stories of famous battles and brilliant samurai warriors. Leading armies of tens of thousands, three stood out as the most successful warriors of their time, becoming known as the three unifiers of Japan. More

Hosoda Eishi, The Oiran Kasugano of the Sumidamaya and Her Retinue, c.1790.
Event: Lectures & Programs

Geisha and Courtesans

with Dr. Hiroko Johnson
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 12:00pm1:00pm.

Dr. Hiroko Johnson will explore the early origins of geisha, the difference between geisha and courtesans, and the profession’s rise and decline reflecting the growth and fall of the samurai warrior class. More

Full face mask of Agyo
Blog: Behind the Scenes

Buddhism & the Samurai

Various forms of Buddhism played a major role in the life of the samurai, and we find this influence throughout several pieces on display. More

Falconer on Horseback, China, late 600s-early 700s, Tang dynasty.
Event: Access

Art & About Tour

Animals in Asia
Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 1:30pm2:30pm.

Art & About tours are designed for visitors with early-stage Alzheimer’s or dementia and their care partners. In April, come explore animals as recurring symbols in Asian art. More

Ni Zan, Wind Among Trees on Riverbank, 1363.
Event: Lectures & Programs

Rethinking Yuan Ink Painting and Calligraphy

with Kealy Boyd
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 12:00pm1:00pm.

The content and intrinsic meaning of landscape painting changed abruptly in the Yuan dynasty of China. How do art historians reconcile a period style described as both classic and revolutionary? More

Tactile Tables: Art of Asia
Event: Access

Tactile Tables: Art of Asia

Occurs every day through April 9, 2016. Next Occurs on

Get hands on with art! Tactile Tables are regularly scheduled, bimonthly opportunities to experience art in a hands-on way, facilitated by specially trained docents. More

Samurai: Armor from The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection
Event: Members

Samurai Member Preview

Friday, March 4, 2016Saturday, March 5, 2016.

Members see the exhibition first! Purchase timed-entry tickets now for the Member Preview of Samurai.

Plus, members save 20% on purchases at The Shops on March 4 and 5. More

Helmet in dragonfly shape, 17th century, Japan.
Event: Lectures & Programs

Curator’s Circle: Lethal Beauty—Design Elements in Samurai Suits of Armor

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 6:30pm7:30pm.

Japanese suits of armor stand out among the armor of other world cultures because of their flashy, colorful appearance and exquisite design. The armor most often seen in exhibitions or auctions ranges in date from the 16th to the 19th centuries. During this time a large industry of samurai-oriented crafts catered to a significant part of Japanese society. More