Asian Contemporary Art Week kicked off Monday, May 12 and continues through May 19 with a number of exciting events celebrating the best new artwork from Asian-American artists and artists all throughout Asia. 

On Saturday, May 12, Choi Jeong Hwa began working on his inflated 24-foot sculpture Breathing Flower opposite the Asian Art Museum in Civic Center Plaza.

Breathing Flower, 2011, by Choi Jeong Hwa (Korea). Kunsthalle Gwang-ju. Fabric, LEDs, motor. © Choi Jeong Hwa. Courtesy of the artist.


Coming up on Friday, May 18 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm is a chat with famous photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto with Mami Kataoka.

Varunika Saraf, Untitled, 2010. Watercolor on rice paper overlaid on canvas. © Varunika Saraf. Courtesy Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, India.


Also opening on Friday, May 18 is the Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past exhibition which showcases 60 pieces of artwork by contemporary artists and additional work from the museum collection. A preview party for the exhibition with DJs and food happens Thursday, May 17, from 7:30 pm to midnight at the Asian Art Museum.

Admission to the Asian Art Museum will be free on Saturday, May, 19 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm to celebrate the 8th Annual Asian Heritage Street Festival

Jompet, Anno Domini, 2011. Wooden pillars, sound installation, text, soldier figures and video components. © Agustinus Kuswidananto ‘Jompet’. Courtesy of Asian Art Museum, San Francisco.