San Francisco - new museum

Dec 22nd, 2013, 08:41 AM
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San Francisco - new museum

Yesterday went to a very interesting museum. IAMA = International Art Museum of America, opened a year ago, but they don’t have budget for advertising, so I haven’t heard about it till recently. They have Asian and European paintings, and the whole collection looks strange, like scrambled at the last moment, but still enjoyable. Some paintings are difficult to see with the glare from windows and light bulbs.

Museum is free the first year, but they don’t know how long the free admission will last, so hurry if you want to see it without paying. Familiar names are Toussaint and Carpentier. Asian paintings are “all over” – at least one from 17th century, but mostly from an artist with the last name “Buddha III” who uses different styles.

On the first floor they have landscaped wooden “houses” and a waterfall, very pleasant to the eye. You cannot miss the writing on the wall: Samaranch is the honorary director. Second floor has paintings and toward the end you walk into “Japanese village” with 3-D art. Don’t miss the dragons on the way to the restroom. We spent over an hour there, and would love to come back some time later.
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Dec 22nd, 2013, 10:05 AM
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Is this the one? http://www.iamasf.org/

It appears to be 18th-19th c. paintings and Asian art and not part of the San Francisco city art museum group. Which would explain why this collection was not incorporated into the Asian/de Young/Legion museums. Maybe an amalgam of private collections?

It sounds interesting. Thanks, Dayenu.
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Dec 22nd, 2013, 10:51 AM
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>>They have Asian and European paintings, and the whole collection looks strange, like scrambled at the last moment, but still enjoyable. Some paintings are difficult to see with the glare from windows and light bulbs.<<

I was there last week and this was also my experience. It felt a little discombobulated to me. I enjoyed my time there. Not sure I would return unless there was a particular exhibit I was interested in seeing.
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Dec 22nd, 2013, 05:03 PM
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Yes MmePerdu, thank you for the link I forgot to add.

A volunteer said, the collection is "on the loan from several owners". This, and photography is not allowed, per security guard, makes me think the museum does not own the paintings.

Obxgirl - I asked about exhibits, did not get a definite answer.
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Dec 25th, 2013, 11:09 AM
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I had not heard of this -- thanks, Dayenu!
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Dec 25th, 2013, 11:16 AM
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