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Originally, the Avery Brundage contributed his priceless collection of Asian art if the city was willing to build a special place to show it. For years, that place was a special wing of the DeYoung Museum in Golden Gate park. However, Brundage continued to collect and donate, and insisted that the city create a separate administration for Asian art, with the goal of making San Francisco's collection the leading Asian collection within the USA. At the time of the De Young Museum rebuild, and the city's construction of a new library complex, the city granted the old main library building in the civic center plaza for display of the museum collection. Originally built in 1917, the library was itself a historic building in need of renovation. With the donation of $15 million from Silicon
Valley entrepreneur Chong-Moon Lee and the creative talents of renowned Italian architect Gae Aulenti--widely recognized as a designer who specializes in the adaptive reuse of historic structures in to museum spaces--the building has managed to retain the wonderful design features and even paint of the original building while being completedly retrofit from the foundation up to survive seismic dangers and introduce a more light and space to it's three floors for the Asian Museum's growing collection. In many ways, this collection of art represents San Francisco's greatest museum collection as provides the best and largest collection of Asian art outside of Asia. These images focus on the architecture, but I was also able to photograph many exhibits, so keep reading...

Address: 200 Larking Stree, San Francisco, CA 94102
Directions: On the Civic Center Plaza
Phone: (415) 379-8800
Website: http://www.asianart.org/

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  • Updated Apr 1, 2007
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