Bridge to Understanding: The Art and Architecture of San Francisco's Asian Art Museum - Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture. Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

Bridge to Understanding: The Art and Architecture of San Francisco's Asian Art Museum - Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. 9.25 x 11.75", 223 pp., profusely illustrated in color, Exhibition Chronology, Donors to the New Asian Art Museum, cloth, d.j., San Francisco, 2003. (Inscription on first page, text near fine). Item #28507
ISBN: 0939117193

In the spring of 2003 the Asian Art Museum moved into a historic building, reconfigured by the renowned architect Gae Aulenti. The occasion is an important event not only for the institution but also for the city, which now more than ever may serve as a bridge between East and West.

Celebrating the museum''s stunning new home, Bridge to Understanding showcases both the beauty of the building and the depth of the collection, highlighting many treasures that could not previously be displayed. Exploring the museum''s role in promoting cross-cultural understanding, the text interweaves the history of the museum with the history of the city. It delves into the development, construction, and renovation of the building, which retains such historic features as a monumental beaux arts staircase while adding a dramatic indoor/outdoor escalator, a new third level, and signature V-shaped skylights that illuminate an indoor courtyard designed by the architect on the model of an Italian piazza.

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