Asian Art in London 2016



Asian Art in London (AAL) is now in its 19th year, and this autumn’s event runs from 3 to 12 November. Asian Art in London this year has 48 dealers and galleries from the UK and overseas showcasing a range of works of art from South, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, China, Japan, Korea, the Himalayas and the Islamic world dating from antiquity to the contemporary, along with sales at the auction houses. Alongside the selling exhibitions, visitors can attend the plethora of museum exhibitions, lectures, gallery talks, study days, panel discussions and conferences which coincide with Asian Art in London week. The Late Night Openings start with Kensington Church Street on 5 November, St. James’s on 6 November and Mayfair on 7 November, all are from 5-9pm. Not all galleries participate in these late night openings, so refer to the AAL booklet or website for individual details. The AAL directory includes maps and an events calendar and can be found in members’ galleries or obtained from the Asian Art in London office, tel +44(0)20 7499 2215 or email The annual gala party is on 3 November at The China Exchange, entry by ticket only


ALONGSIDE gallery shows, there are museum exhibitions and events which coincide with Asian Art in London week. The AAL symposium on The Science of Art takes place at the China Exchange in Soho on 9 November. There is a two day short course on Classical Indian Paintings at Christie’s on 10 and 11 November, a study day on Indian Textiles at University of Oxford on 12 November and a panel discussion on Chinese and Japanese Works of Art in the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, on 10 November.

At the British Museum there is the exhibition, Courting to Contract: Love and Marriage in Iran until 20 November in which love and courtship are explored through drawings, illustrated manuscript pages and objects, depicting intimate scenes and classical Persian accounts of celebrated romances along with embroidered wedding garments and accessories. The Victoria and Albert Museum displays their new acquisition of obi and kimono in The Creative Genius of Kondaya Genbei X, which opens on 8 November. Asia House presents Vision and Revision: The Art of Chinese Woodblock Prints which runs until 11 November whilst the Brunei Gallery (SOAS) presents, Academics, Activists & Agents: A History of the School of Oriental and African Studies 1916-2016 until 17 December. Over at University of Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum, there are three Asian art exhibitions entitled, Power and Protection: Islamic Art and the Supernatural, Liu Dan: New Landscapes, and Old Masters and Hiroshige’s Views of Mount Fuji, all running into 2017.