Upcoming Exhibition

Buddha and Shiva, Lotus and Dragon: Masterworks from the Rockefeller Collection at Asia Society

This exhibition will present sixty-seven masterpieces collected by John D. Rockefeller 3rd and his wife, illuminating the cultures and history of Asia. This important collection underscores art’s capacity to encourage cross-cultural dialogue and influence economic and public policy.

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First venue
March 19 – June 14, 2020
Second Venue
July 23 – October 18, 2020
Third Venue
December 3, 2020 – February 28, 2021
Fourth venue
April 1 – June 27, 2021


Number of Works: 67
Space Required: 5,000 – 7,000 square feet
Dates of Exhibition Tour: March 2020 – June 2021
Venue Presentation Period: 12 weeks
Contact: Richard P. Townsend, Consulting Curator, 212.988.7700 ext. 225 or rtownsend@amfedarts.org


An accompanying fully illustrated catalogue will include an essay by Adriana Proser on the history of the Rockefeller’s collecting of Asian art, as well as a plates section with brief explanatory texts on individual works in the exhibition.


Adriana Proser is John H. Foster Senior Curator of Traditional Asian Art at Asia Society Museum, New York. A specialist in Chinese art, over the last 15 years she has organized and co-organized more than 40 exhibitions for Asia Society, New York, as well as Asia Society Hong Kong Center, Asia Society Texas Center, Caramoor, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. These include her recent exhibitions Secrets of the Sea: A Tang Shipwreck and Early Trade in China (2017) and Philippine Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms (2016).


This exhibition is co-organized by the American Federation of Arts and Asia Society Museum.