For $92, today’s deal gets you one admission to the preview opening gala of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco’s Arts of Pacific Asia Show on Thursday, February 3 at the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason (a $185 value).
The Asian Art Museum, located in the Civic Center District, is one of the most comprehensive art depositories in the Western globosphere dedicated to Asian art. The museum’s permanent collection spans more than 6,000 years of history across the Persian world, the Himalayas and the Tibetan Buddhists, Korea, and Japan. The 15th anniversary opening gala celebrates the Chinese New Year and displays captivating Asian sculpture, furniture, antiques, and paintings from more than 70 dealers. After meandering through meaningful mosaics and masterworks, capture good fortune in the year of the rabbit with delicately inked art and a sumptuous buffet dinner.
944 magazine previewed the 2011 Arts of Pacific Asia show:
- The San Francisco Arts of Pacific Asia Show will open with a benefit gala for the Asian Art Museum Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Arts & Culture. Taking place Thursday, February 3, the gala is considered a must-attend event on San Francisco's social calendar. A colorful and festive celebration of Asian arts and culture, the gala features lion dancers, traditional costumes Chinese stilt-walkers and exquisite food and drink. – 944 magazine
Asian Art Museum
Described as "the largest collection of Asian art in the United States" by Frommer's, the Asian Art Museum helps guests understand the cultural connections between works of art from countries such as China, Turkey, India, and the Philippines.
- Size: 31 gallery spaces display select items from the museum's 18,000-piece collection of antique and contemporary art and cultural artifacts
- Eye Catcher: gilded bronze sculpture of a seated Buddha dated back to the Later Zhao Dynasty, making it the oldest known Chinese Buddha sculpture in the world
- Permanent Mainstay: a ritual vessel in the shape of a rhinoceros represents one of the few surviving artifacts from China's Bronze Age that was created to resemble an entire animal
- Don't Miss: the new special exhibition Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which features 200 recently excavated artifacts including stone tools dating back more than a million years
- From the Press: the San Francisco Chronicle hailed the Asian Art Museum's collection as "the city's greatest cultural asset."
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