If you've been collecting or are just interested in Chinese art and antiques you've no doubt heard of the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. You've probably also have heard of Avery Brundage and how his collection was the stimulus for the creation of and building the museum which was completed and opened in 1966 on land donated by the city of San Francisco.
The deal Mr. Brundage offered was just as simple and straight forward as the man himself, if a museum could be built in San Francisco for his collection of over 7800 objects, he would donate it in it's entirety period. READ MORE ABOUT MR. BRUNDAGE CLICK HERE
Keep in mind, this was no ordinary collection, but was the largest and finest collection in private hands in the entire world.
So, build it they did! Good to his word, he followed through with the donation and thus created one of the truly greatest institutional collections anywhere in the world. It instantly joined the ranks of the MET, MFA Boston, British Museum, the Guimet-Paris and the Rijksmuseum.
Since then, the collection has grown further, building on the foundation laid by Mr Brundage, the museum has since become an important educational center for early and cutting edge contemporary Asian Art. It's roots however are forever inextricably linked to the initial gift by a very generous man.
You can find direct links to the ASIAN ART MUSEUM on our Home Page in the yellow Research Objects Block area DROP Down Menu.
If you've never been there, below is a film we did on the museum, it's history and a good well deserved bit about Mr. Brundage and how he became one of the worlds greatest collectors.
Just a few highlights to the Asian Art Museum collection.
Below are just a few of the thousands of objects online from this collection.
If you're doing reasearch and needa great resource of a superb collection, always think of the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.
If you like what you see and want to become part of this great organization, consider joining. Mr Brundage would applaud you for it..