The Denver Art Museum's Asian art collection originated in 1915 with a donation of Chinese and Japanese art objects from a single passionate collector and has broadened to include works from the entire Asian continent. Spanning a period from the fourth millennium B.C. to the present, these objects illustrate the wide-ranging achievements of Asian artists and artisans.
NOW ON VIEW: See artworks from the Asian art collection in the following exhibitions.
- Stampede: Animals in Art, a cross-departmental exhibition (through May 19, 2019)
- Ganesha: The Playful Protector (through October 28, 2018)
- Linking Asia: Art, Trade, and Devotion (Member Preview December 16, 2017; Open December 17-April 1, 2018)
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- Browse artworks from the Asian art collection anytime. Check back often for additions and updates.
Art from Southwest Asia, including examples from the Anatolian and Arabian peninsulas, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia, are in the Asian art collection. Objects represent many millennia of art, beginning with the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, and following the flourishing and growth of Islam to the present day. Regions where this culture spread, such as Africa, Southern Europe, and Southeast Asia, also are represented.
In addition, the Asian art collection includes more than 900 artworks made of bamboo. The Lutz Bamboo Collection, a family love affair, includes gifts from three generations of the Lutz family—Walter and Mona, Tina and Michael Chow, Adelle Lutz and David Byrne, China Chow, Maximilian Chow, and Malu Byrne.
Explore how trade routes inspired and influenced art over time and across the Asian continent. Linking Asia: Art, Trade, and Devotion will feature approximately 150 sculptures, ceramics, textiles, scrolls, and other multi-dimensional works from 20 countries that span 2,000 years. More
Ganesha: The Playful Protector is developed in collaboration with the National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh, which is loaning a statue of Ganesha created in the 600s to 700s that is the centerpiece of the exhibition. More
See how animals have captivated artists throughout history in the exhibition Stampede: Animals in Art. This cross-departmental exhibition brings together more than 300 objects from the Denver Art Museum’s collection to explore the presence of animals in art throughout centuries and across cultures. More
News & Stories
The highlight of the Denver Art Museum’s Ganesha: The Playful Protector is a seventh-century sculpture from Cambodia, a remarkable work of sacred art on loan from the National Museum of Cambodia.
This fall and winter the Denver Art Museum has a blockbuster lineup of exhibitions offering something for everyone. Visit us during Thanksgiving and Winter Breaks. More
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Autumn has arrived! As the weather cools outside, head inside to the Denver Art Museum for a bundle of new activities to enjoy. More
The Denver Art Museum recently announced that three curators joined the museum. Below is a brief introduction. Stay tuned for more information and opportunities to get to know them and their growing art collections.
Tianlong Jiao, Joseph de Heer Curator of Asian Art More
Select publications by or about the Asian art department include:
- From the Fire: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Robert and Lisa Kessler Collection. Tianlong Jiao. Denver Art Museum, 2016.
- Xu Beihong: Pioneer of Modern Chinese Painting. Ronald Y. Otsuka and Fangfang Xu. Denver Art Museum, 2011.
- Full Frontal: Contemporary Asian Artists from the Logan Collection. Ronald Y. Otsuka, Tom J. Whitten, and Kent Logan. Denver Art Museum, 2003.
- Adornment for Eternity: Status and Rank in Chinese Ornament. Julie M. White, Emma C. Bunker, and Chen Peifen. Denver Art Museum in association with the Woods Publishing Company, 1994.
- Pathways to the Afterlife: Early Chinese Art from the Sze Hong Collection. Julia M. White and Ronald Y. Otsuka. Denver Art Museum in association with University of Hawaii Press, 1993.
- Tianlong Jiao, Joseph de Heer Curator of Asian Art
- Douglas R. Wagner, Curatorial Assistant
- Sarah Magnatta, Interpretive Specialist
- Beverly Little, Curator's Circle Coordinator
- Chelsea Finical, Provenance Research Assistant
- Ronald Y. Otsuka, Curator Emeritus, Dr. Joseph de Heer Curator of Asian Art 1973-2014