Strongly influenced by Pan-Asian fare, Café Asia provides a wide array of menu items, appealing to the diverse clientele who enjoy the Asian Art Museum. Our menu changes frequently, allowing us to capture the best organic and sustainable ingredients offered from our local purveyors. Come join us for lunch or take an afternoon break and enjoy tea service from our extensive hot tea menu—no museum admission required.
The exhibition features artists from Asia as well as from the United States. Yako Hodo abstracts the traditional art of basket weaving, while Yang Yongliang’s The Night of Perpetual Day and Xu Bing’s The Character of Characters push Chinese ink painting into new media. Their stunning videos appear beside early innovators of Chinese ink, connecting fresh ideas to their formal roots. First Look also features Bay Area favorites like Hung Liu and Zheng Chongbin and several exciting debuts, including Ahmed Mater’sIllumination Waqf (2013) — a diptych print in the form of an Islamic manuscript with decorated borders. You’ll also find new digital work from Japanese “ultra-technologists group” teamLab, as well as large-scale paintings by Zhu Jinshi (whose colossal sculpture Boat can be seen in the exhibition 28 Chinese) and Filipino artist Manuel Ocampo. There’s something for everyone, so come take a “first look” and see what speaks to you.