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Installation view of David Breashears’s Mount Everest, Main Rongbuk Glacier, Tibet, China, 2007



February 13 – August 11, 2024
Opening Reception: Tuesday, February 13, 6-8:30 pm (Members only with RSVP)

Asia Society is proud to present COAL + ICE, an immersive photography and video exhibition accompanied by a series of related programs. COAL + ICE visualizes the causes and consequences of the climate crisis and foregrounds creative solutions.

COAL + ICE brings together the work of more than 37 photographers and artists from China and around the world, and traces a photographic arc from deep within coal mines to the melting glaciers of the greater Himalaya, and across the globe where rising sea levels and extreme weather events are wreaking havoc. The imagery in COAL + ICE is drawn from diverse materials, from glass plate negatives to smartphone videos, spanning more than a century. Through intimate portraits and vast altered landscapes, these photographs document the consequences triggered by our continued reliance on fossil fuels. The exhibition brings to life the environmental and human costs of climate change, while also highlighting the innovative solutions that provide hope for a more sustainable future.

Throughout the run of the exhibition, climate change will take center stage at Asia Society, including speaker events, performances, films, and more. Asia Society has joined forces with a network of partner organizations across New York City’s five boroughs to concurrently present exhibitions and events, expanding the conversation to inspire deeper engagement on how the climate crisis affects our global and local communitie

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Kishi Chikudō (1826–1897), Tigers by Mountain Streams (verso), ca. 1892–5, pair of six-panel folding screens, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Gift of Harriet and Ed Spencer, 2012.1.2.1–2
Kishi Chikudō (1826–1897), Tigers by Mountain Streams (verso), ca. 1892–5, pair of six-panel folding screens, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Gift of Harriet and Ed Spencer, 2012.1.2.1–2


Meiji Modern: Fifty Years of New Japan

October 3, 2023 – January 7, 2024

Asia Society is proud to present Meiji Modern: Fifty Years of New Japan. This exhibition reevaluates a seminal era of turmoil, creativity, and transformation in Japan spanning the mid-nineteenth to early-twentieth centuries.

Comprising over 80 works—including paintings, prints, photographs, sculptural works, and objects in various media, such as enamel, lacquer, embroidery, and textiles—this exhibition presents some of the finest examples of Meiji-period artworks in American collections, both public and private. Arranged around traditional Japanese motifs, such as the sea and nature, Buddhist deities, beauties, and mythical animals, Meiji Modern highlights these themes as they are transformed by the introduction of newly imported techniques, materials, and objects, surprising the viewer with works of technical virtuosity, unexpected scale, and sheer beauty.

Meiji Modern: Fifty Years of New Japan is co-curated by Bradley Bailey, Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Curator of Asian Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Chelsea Foxwell, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Chicago.

This exhibition is organized by the Japanese Art Society of America in celebration of its 50th Anniversary, with funds generously provided by The E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation; The Mary Griggs Burke Center for Japanese Art, Columbia University; The Japan Foundation; Shiseido Americas Corporation; Bonhams, Japanese Art, New York; and Japanese Art Society of America (JASA) members.


Explore Asia Promo


New Permanent Exhibition, Explore Asia, Now Open

This newly opened permanent exhibition, Explore Asia, is the only interactive learning exhibition in Texas focused specifically on Asia.

Highlighting five countries across six unique experiences, learn about the arts and cultures of Asia through an immersive journey to China, India, Japan, South Korea, and Vietnam — without ever leaving Houston. Ride a virtual bullet train that travels across space and time, learn about delicious meals and treats (and where to find them in Houston), take our stage in a participatory drumming experience, and more!

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