The Art Institute of Chicago Asian Art Collection
Offers a sampling of Chinese and Japanese art from the Art Institute’s large Asian art collection. Each selection is accompanied by pictures and additional information. The website also includes lesson plans and other teacher resources for the arts of India and Southeast Asia .
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco is devoted exclusively to Asian art and includes around 15,000 objects. The website only offers images of a few highlights of the collection. It also includes a section of teacher resources, but most require a purchasing fee.
Asia Society Museum
The Asia Society Museum has an extensive collection of Japanese, Chinese, Southeast Asian, Mongolian, Korean, and Himalayan art. All of the objects from the permanent collection are available for viewing on the Museum website and are typically accompanied by background information. The site also offers an extensive collection of maps and teacher resources, including slideshows and lesson plans.
Berkeley Art Museum
The Berkeley Art Museum houses a collection of over 13,000 artworks — images of around 1,300 of theses works are available online, including an extensive collection of twelfth-twentieth century Chinese painting. The collection is easily searchable by artist, date, type, titles, material, country, or keyword.
The British Museum Asian Art Collections
The British Museum ’s Asian art collection includes art from China , Japan , Korea , India , Southeast Asia , and Central Asia . A number of items from the collection are viewable through the museum’s online database, COMPASS. The museum is particularly known for its collection of Korean ceramics and Chinese Buddhist paintings from Dunhuang.
China Institute Galley
The China Institute Gallery in New York City hosts three to four exhibitions, both original and visiting, of Chinese art per year. In addition, the Gallery hosts a series of lectures, symposia, gallery tours, and student classes in conjunction with each exhibition. The website features a limited number of images from exhibitions.
Guimet Museum ( Paris )
The collection of the French national museum of Asian art is divided into regions: China , Japan , Korea , India , Central Asia , Southeast Asia , the Himalayas , and Afghanistan-Pakistan. No individual images from the collection are available online, but virtual tours of the galleries are offered.
The Hermitage Museum
The Hermitage contains an extensive collection of Asian art. The more than 180,000 objects are searchable by region and country, and select works are available for online viewing. The majority of the collection has been digitized and is searchable by artist, title, medium, etc.
Honolulu Academy of Arts
The Honolulu Academy of Arts is known for their Asian art collection, in particular their Chinese and Japanese holdings. The Japanese collection is rich in paintings ranging from the twelfth to the twentieth centuries, while the Chinese collection focuses on Buddhist cave sculpture from the fourth through the tenth centuries. Selected images from the collections are available online.
Japan Society Gallery
The Japan Society Gallery in New York presents two major exhibitions each year and hosts several visiting exhibitions. Each exhibition is accompanied by a scholarly catalogue, gallery tours, lectures, and symposia. The website features a limited number of images from exhibitions.
Kimbell Art Museum Asian Art Collection
Located in Fort Worth , Texas , the Kimbell Art Museum has an extensive collection of Asian art, likely the largest in the Southwest. The majority of the collection is available for viewing online. All of the educational resources presented on the website are targeted at local educators.
Korean National Museum of Contemporary Art
The Korean National Museum of Contemporary Art has an extensive collection of modern Korean art in all mediums, with an emphasis on twentieth century Korean painting. The virtual gallery option takes viewers on tours of the galleries. The site also offers information on current exhibitions.
Kyoto National Museum
The Kyoto National Museum has an extensive collection of Japanese art, all available for viewing online. The collection includes ceramics, sculpture, calligraphy, paintings, textiles, laquerware, and metalwork. The site also offers information on the museum’s exhibitions.
Los Angeles Museum of Art (LACMA)
http://collectionsonline.lacma.org/mwebcgi/mweb.exe?request=browpage&dept=chinese&direct=yes (Chinese Art)
http://collectionsonline.lacma.org/mwebcgi/mweb.exe?request=browpage;dept=korean&direct=yes (Korean Art)
http://collectionsonline.lacma.org/mwebcgi/mweb.exe?request=browpage&dept=japan&direct=yes (Japanese Art)
http://collectionsonline.lacma.org/mwebcgi/mweb.exe?request=browpage&dept=ssea&direct=yes (Southeast Asian Art)
The Los Angeles Museum of Art has an extensive collection of Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Southeast Asian Art, most of which is viewable online and searchable by artist, type of artwork, and place. Each object is accompanied by background information.
Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art
The website of the Jacques Marchais Museum on Staten Island features general exhibition information and a small collection of images.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
(Korean Buddhist Sculpture)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art website features highlights from their extensive collection. Most notable are the Metropolitan’s Korean Art and Chinese painting collections. The websites of each of these collections features highlights along with additional information on the objects, maps, timelines, links, and glossaries.
The I.M Pei designed Miho Museum , located outside of Kyoto , Japan , has an extensive collection of Asian art, with a focus on China , and also offers a series of visiting and original exhibitions throughout the year. Only highlights of the permanent collection are available for online viewing.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Features objects from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts permanent collections of Chinese, Korean and Japanese art. The displayed objects are accompanied by teacher guides, videos, study guides, audio links, timelines, and maps.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The MFA has an extensive collection of works from Japan, China, and Korea. Highlights of the collection include Japanese Armor, pictures from the Meiji era, Chinese religious art and calligraphy, Japanese postcards, and Korean pottery. Thousands of digitized images are available through the “Collection Search" function on the Museum’s website.
National Museum of Korea
The National Museum of Korea in Seoul focuses entirely on Korean art. The site offers a virtual tour of several of the main galleries.
National Palace Museum , Taiwan
The National Palace Museum of Taipei has a large collection of Chinese art, the highlights of which are available online. This site also offers information on the museum’s present, past, and future exhibitions. The online learning/teaching resources are extensive and the digital exhibitions are especially noteworthy.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Asian Art Collection
http://www.nelson-atkins.org/art/Chinese.cfm (Chinese Art)
http://www.nelson-atkins.org/art/Japanese.cfm (Japanese Art)
http://www.nelson-atkins.org/art/SSEAsian.cfm (South and Southeast Asian Art)
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, MO) is known for its large collection of Asian art, in particular its collection of early Chinese landscape paintings from the tenth-thirteenth centuries. The Nelson-Atkins also has an excellent collection of Ming dynasty furniture, Japanese lacquer, and Japanese porcelains. The website features a limited number of images from the Asian art collection.
Newark Museum – Tibet Information Zone
The Newark Museum in New Jersey offers its large holding of Tibetan art online through the Tibet Information Zone, with virtual tours, images, and a variety of other resources.
Norton Museum of Art
The Norton Museum of Art ( West Palm Beach , FL ) has an extensive collection of Chinese art, with a focus on prehistoric and archaic jades. A small number of objects from the collection are available online.
The Palace Museum , Beijing
The Beijing Palace Museum has one of the most comprehensive Chinese art collections in the world. The masterpieces from the collection are all available for viewing online. The site is especially notable for its virtual exhibitions, which include: Yongzheng’s Screen of Twelve Beauties and Selections from Sun Yingzhou’s Ceramics Donation.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is particularly renowned for its collection of Ming ceramics and hardwood furniture. The Japanese collection includes period structures, most notably a Ceremonial Teahouse named “Evanescent Joys." The website features a limited number of images from the collection.
Phoenix Art Museum
The Phoenix Art Museum has an extensive collection of Asian art and a particularly good selection of Chinese ceramics and bronzes. The website features a limited number of images from the Asian art collection.
Portland Art Museum
The Portland Art Museum ( Portland , OR ) has an extensive Asian art collection. On their website, the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean art collections are all accompanied by a wide variety of resources, including slideshows, historical and cultural background information, and maps.
Rubin Museum of Art
Located in New York , the Rubin Museum is the first museum in the West dedicated to Himalayan Art. Its website provides images from its collection, a calendar of events, and resources for educators.
Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Harvard University
(Information on the Asian art collection)
The Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Harvard University focuses primarily on East Asian art. The Sackler website only includes information on visiting the museum and the current exhibitions, but the second site listed includes all of Harvard’s art and is searchable by artist, title, type, etc. This site provides a picture and additional information on all the artwork.
Seattle Asian Art Museum
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Exhibit/Archive/sichuan/default.htm (Online Sichuan art exhibition)
The Seattle Asian Art Museum has a large collection of East Asian and Southeast Asian art, but is particularly known for its Japanese collection which is ranked among the top five in the United States . No objects from the collection can be viewed online, but online publications are available for free download. The site also includes links to several online teaching exhibitions, most notably “Discovering Buddhist Art – Seeking the Sublime," (forthcoming) “Explore Korea : A Visit to Grandfather’s House," and “Treasures from the Lost Civilization: Ancient Chinese Art from Sichuan ."
Smart Museum of Art , University of Chicago
The University of Chicago Smart Museum of Art website offers little information on their Asian art collection, but the entire collection is catalogued online and easily searchable.
Smithsonian Museums: The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery & Freer Gallery of Art
The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery/Freer Gallery of Art website offers extensive descriptions of both their current and past exhibitions, with links to small online exhibitions and other internet offerings. The site offers several images from each of their current exhibitions along with highlights from their extensive collection of Asian and Middle Eastern art. The website’s education section includes curriculum guides, conservation newsletters, and links to websites for kids. Most lesson plans and guides are available only through the online Museum Shop for a fee.
Taipei Fine Arts Museum
The Taipei Fine Arts Museum focuses on modern Asian art, with an emphasis on Taiwanese artists. The majority of the collection is available for viewing online, along with information on present, past, and future exhibitions. Online exhibitions and virtual tours are also offered.
University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA)
http://www.umma.umich.edu/collections/asian.html (Asian art collection)
The University of Michigan Museum of Art has a large collection of Asian art. The strengths of the collection include Chinese and Japanese painting, as well as Chinese and Korean ceramics. Images of select items are available online.
Victoria and Albert (V&A) Asian Collection
The Victoria and Albert in London has a large collection of Asian, Southeast Asian, and Middle Eastern art. Highlights from the collections are available for viewing online, along with information on recent acquisitions and exhibitions. The site also includes an excellent selection of links to other Asian art museums.
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
(East Asian Art)
(South Asian Art)
(Online ancient China and Egypt exhibition)
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts website offers a small selection of images from their extensive collections of Asian art. The site also provides a number of teaching resources, most notably in the form of online exhibitions, including “Ancient Worlds: China and Egypt ," “Asian Art: China , Japan , India ," and “Two Views of Kabuki: Japanese Ukiyo-e Prints."
Yale University Art Gallery
(Asian Art Collection)
The Yale University Art Gallery website has a selection of images from their Asian art collection, accompanied by additional information on each of the images.
Yin Yu Tang A Chinese Home, Peabody Essex Museum
Yin Yu Tang is a late Qing dynasty merchants’ home from southeastern China that has been re-erected at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem , Massachusetts . The website features animation that allows users to move through the house, footage of the village, the house, and its dismantling, images of the interior structure of the house and its belongings, audio interviews, and more.
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