The 100th-anniversary celebration of the Museum's Department of Asian Art begins with the start of the Lunar New Year (Year of the Ram) on February 19, 2015. To mark the centennial, the Museum is showcasing its unparalleled collection of Asian art through a range of inspiring exhibitions, performances, talks, tours, and other offerings through spring 2016. This feature provides a comprehensive overview of all the activities and resources available in conjunction with the centennial.
Although it was not until 1915 that a separate "Department of Far Eastern Art" was established (the name changed to Asian Art in 1983), Asian art has a long history at The Met, with the first Chinese porcelains being acquired in 1879. Thanks to a great many generous collectors and patrons—from J. P. Morgan, Benjamin Altman, and Louisine Havemeyer to Brooke Astor, Douglas Dillon, and Florence and Herbert Irving—the collections, galleries, and staff have grown so that, today, Asian Art is one of The Met's largest curatorial departments. The Museum's comprehensive displays, presenting more than five millennia of Asian artworks, enable audiences to explore firsthand the richness, sophistication, and complexity of Asia's wide-ranging artistic traditions.
We invite you to make 2015 the year you discover Asia at The Met!