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teamLab, The World of Irreversible Change, 2022, interactive digital work, 6 channels, endless, sound: teamLab © teamLab, courtesy Pace Gallery

teamLab: The World of Irreversible Change

March 23, 2024 – March 23, 2025

This Spring, we are presenting a digital artwork by the international art collective teamLab alongside a seventeenth-century Japanese screen from SAMA’s collection.

The World of Irreversible Change resembles the format of historic Japanese screens such as Scenes in and Around Kyoto (Rakuchu Rakugai-zu), which presents a birds-eye view of the ancient capital city with major buildings and thoroughfares that are bustling with life. Viewers’ actions affect the artworld of a virtual city that is both somewhere in time and here and now and influence the behaviors of the people in it. Although its inhabitants may become agitated and cause destruction, regrowth of the virtual environment continues eternally, albeit forever changed.

Presented across six monitors, the artwork changes in real-time with the seasons, weather, and the time of day of its location. The artworks bring forward concepts including digital vs. analog, the recontextualization of art historical precedents, collective creativity, and humanity’s relationship to the environment.

teamLab (f. 2001) is an international art collective. Their collaborative practice seeks to navigate the confluence of art, science, technology, and the natural world. Through art, the interdisciplinary group of specialists, including artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians, and architects, aims to explore the relationship between the self and the world and new forms of perception.

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Samurai Spirit: Swords, Accessories, and Paintings

January 6, 2024 – January 26, 2025
Asian Special Exhibitions Gallery, 2nd Floor West

First recounted by oral narratives, the stories of battles, heroic pursuits, and famous samurai warriors became popular subjects of literature, theater, and pictorial arts that have endured through the ages. And their swords, polished and decorated, were revered as treasured emblems of their honorable heritage.

This exhibit features two important fourteenth century swords, a wakizashi, a short sword signed by the maker, Yoshioka Ishimonji Sukehide, dated to July, 1363, and a katana, a longer sword typically wielded with two hands, that were purchased with funds realized from the sale of the late Robert Clemons’s bequest to SAMA. Japanese swords are admired for the strength of the steel, which comes from heating and folding the metal many times, and by shaping the steel to a fine, sharp blade.

Other samurai weapons and objects round out this introduction to a major aspect of traditional Japanese culture.

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Tibetan Man’s Robe, Chuba, China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911), 19th century, Brocade silk damask, gold-wrapped silk yarn, polychrome silk yarn, and fur. Purchased with funds provided by the Bessie Timon Endowment Fund and anonymous donors, 2023.2.2.

The Permanent Asian Art Collection

The Lenora and Walter F. Brown Asian Art Wing

In 1990, museum trustees Walter F. and Lenora Brown began donating what has grown to over 500 Asian objects, mostly Chinese ceramics, which surveys the entire 5,000-year history of ceramics produced in China. With additional later acquisitions, the Museum’s collection of Asian art is now among the finest in the nation and is drawn from several cultures across the continent, including China, Japan, Korea, India, Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan, Mongolia, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka.

The collection was installed in its new and dedicated space, the 15,000-square-foot Lenora and Walter F. Brown Asian Art Wing, in 2005. With the installation in 2019 on the museum’s grounds of a 12-foot-high, six-and-a-half ton Taihu Rock, gifted by San Antonio’s sister city Wuxi in China, the Asian art collection became part of SAMA’s riverview.

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SanAntonioMuseum Chinese Vessel
Ash-glazed Vessel, ca. 25-220, Eastern Han dynasty, stoneware with glaze, h. 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm); diam. 21 in. (53.3 cm); Funds provided by Faye Langley Cowden