This year, over 15 local museums and cultural centers will participate in Asia Week New York, which kicked off on March 9. From the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Rubin Museum of Art, the Noguchi Museum and the Asia Society, New York City’s most beloved institutions will present a series of special shows, lectures, and events until March 18. Exhibitions around the city span the Asian region and multiple art forms, over thousands of years.
In addition, 50 Asian art specialists from Japan, Italy, England, and beyond will present a diverse range of artworks from China, India, Southeast Asia, the Himalayas, Japan, and Korea, from the ancient to the present day. Major auction houses like Christie’s, Sotheby’s, and Bonhams are also holding special sales dedicated to Asian artworks.
It all started in 2009 when a group of 16 New York City-based galleries collectively presented a week of special shows dedicated to Asian art and culture. The inaugural event was such a success that it has since become an annual staple on New York City’s (almost) spring calendar.
March 11 marks the inaugural weekend of Asia Week New York, which will run until March 18, 2017.