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The Tiger in Asian Art: Symbol of Power and Protection

Open 5 November 2010 – 12 February 2011

Monday – Saturday, 10:00 – 18:00

(Closed 24 December 2010 3 January 2011)

Free admission

Asia House, the UK’s leading pan Asian organisation, presents a beautiful and inspiring exhibition of art featuring Asia’s enduring symbol of power and protection: the tiger.

There are just 3200 tigers left in the wild in 2010, The Year of the Tiger. Asia House presents this exhibition and special events programme to highlight the urgent need to protect this magnificent animal.

Throughout Asian history the tiger has inspired unique and fabulous artworks as a religious, mythological, and cultural icon. Today, the tiger is a potent symbol for the urgent need to protect wildlife and preserve rapidly disappearing natural habitats across Asia. This exhibition presents Asian paintings, sculptures, textiles, photographs and other works of art, drawn from the British Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum and private collections, many previously unseen. Spanning 3000 years from historical to contemporary, the exhibits cover the majority of Asia’s countries and regions, including India, China, Japan, Korea, the Himalayas and South East Asia.

The exhibition includes two monumental works by renowned Chinese contemporary artist Zhang Huan, the first time they have been exhibited in the UK. These works highlight the plight of the Siberian tiger, of which there are as few as ten left in the wild, and express Zhang’s desire for humanity to adopt a more harmonious relationship with the natural world.

Co-curated by Katriana Hazell and Zara Fleming.

The exhibition is complemented by regular screenings of documentary films on the life and plight of the tiger.

Private views and group tours of the exhibition are available: enquiries@asiahouse.co.uk


November 05, 2010 10:00
February 11, 2011 18:00
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