The Department of Asian Art fulfills a unique role at The Met: representing the artistic achievements of six major cultural traditions that encompass 5,000 years of history, half the world's population, more than 20 modern nations, and a vast region that ranges from Afghanistan, the Indian subcontinent, and Southeast Asia across the Himalayas to China, Korea, and Japan. Thanks to generations of generous collectors and donors, we are able to do this with an extensive suite of galleries that offers one of the most comprehensive presentations of Asian art anywhere.
Because much of Asian art is light sensitive, we have an active program of rotating thematic displays that showcase artworks in a variety of contexts. In this way, we constantly renew what is on view so that visitors can always encounter fresh areas of intellectual inquiry and visual delight. Often our curators take advantage of these installations to publish new scholarship, while our team of master conservators cares for and restores the works so they can be shown safely.
As Asia becomes ever more important on the world’s stage, the need to understand its diverse cultures and rich history becomes increasingly important. We at The Met want to do our part to make Asia more accessible by celebrating the ways in which the past continues to inform and enrich the present. We invite you to share in that adventure by exploring this online feature for fall 2017!—Mike Hearn
Explore a selection of new and noteworthy gifts and acquisitions.