The Asian Art Museum's newest installations, Phantoms of Asia, explores the cross-cultural perspectives of Asian spirituality through a set of 140 diverse artworks from the past and present. It's the museum's first large-scale exhibition of contemporary art, and it will feature more than 60 works by 31 contemporary artists, including Hiroshi Sugimoto (Japan/USA), Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand), Adeela Suleman (Pakistan), Raqib Shaw (India), and Choi Jeong Hwa (Korea), alongside 90 objects from the museum’s collections—some dating back 2,000 years. Damn, that IS ancient.
Curated by Mami Kataoka, chief curator of Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum, in collaboration with Allison Harding, assistant curator of contemporary art at the Asian Art Museum, the installation is organized around four transient themes: (1) Asian Cosmologies: Envisioning the Invisible; (2) World, Afterworld: Living Beyond Living; (3) Myth, Ritual, Meditation: Communing with Deities; and (4) Sacred Mountains: Encountering the Gods. The collection opens on May 18th and runs until September 21st, so you've got plenty of time to catch the ancient and modern works in all their glory.