Asian Art

This major exhibition features the cosmopolitan, exuberant and subtly subversive work of fifteen artists of Asian heritage who are adept at crossing borders—not only physical ones but also those in…
The cloud’s chimeric quality is even more salient in Chinese visual and material arts. It has made a palpable mark on theories of painting and the visual arts of China, and by extension the visual…

Take a moment to learn more about this preparatory drawing of the Bodhisattva Maitreya. Listen to Najiba Choudhury, Assistant Information Specialist & Provenance Researcher Smithsonian's…

Marvel at the ingenuity and skill of this Qing Dynasty scroll as we bring to life a masterpiece revered by artists and collectors for hundreds of years.

2500 years ago, China was fractured into competing aristocratic states vying for supreme control. Warfare hastened cultural exchange and ultimately gave rise to a unique visual language across the…

Art and politics have come to a head. In our current state of political upheaval, the role of governing and our status quo is being challenged. Art is not only being utilized as a vessel to engage in…
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts spent years building relationships with Chinese institutions to land their coveted Terracotta Army exhibition

The story of Buddhist art in China is the story of the nation itself. Though the religion…