Asian Art Museum
Asian Art Museum
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94102 San Francisco
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Asian Art Museum | Yoga: The Art of Transformation
Yoga Narasimha, Vishnu in his Man-Lion Avatar, ca. 1250. India. Bronze. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift of Dr. Norman Zaworski.

Asian Art Museum

Yoga: The Art of Transformation

Feb. 21-May 25, 2014


Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102В 
Hours: Tuesdays–Sundays, 10am–5pm;
February–September, Thursdays 10am–9pm;
closed Mondays,В New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving
Day and Christmas Day

T +1 415 581 3500

Breathe deeply, and get ready for the world’s first major art exhibition about yoga.

Millions of people around the world practice yoga to find spiritual insight and improved health. While many are aware of yoga’s origins in India, few may know about its philosophical underpinnings or its fascinating history over thousands of years. Yoga: The Art of Transformation goes beyond postures and delves into how yoga has evolved into a global phenomenon through an exploration of its visual history. Borrowed from 25 museums and private collections in Europe, the U.S. and India, the artworks featured in the exhibition date from the 2nd to the 20th centuries. Images ranging from benevolent deities and gurus to Tantric goddesses and sinister yogis reveal how yoga practices—and perceptions of them—have transformed over time and across communities. Exhibition highlights include stunning masterpieces of Indian sculpture and painting; pages from the first illustrated book of yoga postures (asanas); and a Thomas Edison film, Hindoo Fakir(1902), widely regarded as the first movie ever produced about India.   

The Asian Art Museum is the only U.S. West Coast venue for this exhibition.


Yoga: The Art of TransformationВ was organized by the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution with support from the Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries, the Art Mentor FoundationВ LucerneВ and the Ebrahimi Family Foundation.
Presentation at the Asian Art Museum is made possible with the generous support of The Bernard Osher Foundation, Helen and Rajnikant Desai, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Kumar and Vijaya Malavalli, and Walter & Elise Haas Fund.
About the Asian Art Museum
The Asian Art Museum–Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture is one of San Francisco’s premier arts institutions and home to a world-renowned collection of more than 18,000 Asian art treasures spanning 6,000 years of history. Through rich art experiences, centered on historic and contemporary artworks, the Asian Art Museum unlocks the past for visitors, bringing it to life while serving as a catalyst for new art, new creativity and new thinking.

Hours: The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10am to 5pm. From February through September, hours are extended on Thursdays until 9pm. Closed Mondays, as well as New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Access: The Asian Art Museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information regarding access:
T +1 415 581 3598; TDD: T +1 415 861 2035.

Press contacts
Tim Hallman: T +1 415 581 3711 / pr@asianart.orgВ 
Annie Tsang: T +1 415 581 3560 /

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