Phantoms of Asia: Art Everywhere

We’ve wrapped up week two of the Phantoms of Asia installation (read about week one here) and a crazy week it has been. Because this exhibition encompasses the entire museum, the install team has had the challenge of juggling simultaneous installation in several galleries at once.

Phantoms of Asia Curator Mami Kataoka surveys "Mountain Gods" (2011) by Aki Kondo, being installed in the Tateuchi Thematic Gallery.

Tateuchi gallery was the first major transformation. The brilliantly colored walls of Deities, Demons, and Dudes with ‘Staches have given way to a contemporary white space exploring the theme of sacred mountains.

The room is anchored by Aki Kondo’s seven panel painting Mountain Gods (2011), fresh — actually still a bit wet — from the artist’s studio.

Artworks by Hiroshi Sugimoto are carefully installed in Lee Gallery.

On the museum’s first floor, Lee gallery features an installation by Hiroshi Sugimoto. Part of last week’s work included placing a series of delicate glass pagodas, each containing a photograph of the sea, on their pedestals.

Museum mountmaker Vincent Avalos prepares masks from the museum collection for display in Osher gallery.

In Osher gallery, museum mountmakers worked to hang more than a dozen masks into a single dramatic display. It looks really cool.

Exhibition staff fine-tune the layout of paintings and works on paper in Hambrecht gallery.

Finally, in Hambrecht gallery staff  focused on hanging paintings and works on paper. With the walls complete, we can now concentrate on filling the room with a selection of sculptures from the museum’s collection.

Next week we’ll be wrapping up in these same galleries, and throwing an assortment of artists into the mix.

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