Seattle Art Museum Press Release Announces Closing Dates of the Museum for Rehab as February 26–Last Chance to See

samasianSEATTLE, WA – The Seattle Asian Art Museum’s winter exhibition, Tabaimo: Utsutsushi Utsushi, closes Sunday, February 26. The exhibition features new and existing immersive video installations from acclaimed contemporary Japanese artist Tabaimo, alongside historic works from SAM’s Asian art collection chosen by the artist.

This is the final exhibition at the Asian Art Museum before it closes to begin preparations for its upcoming renovation and proposed expansion, pending final approval of the project currently under review by the City of Seattle.

Tabaimo: Utsutsushi Utsushi presents eight video installations by Tabaimo, a globally renowned artist who represented Japan at the 2011 Venice Biennale. Four works created specifically for the exhibition and four previously existing works meld traditional imagery and elements with references to contemporary Japanese comics and animation. In adjacent galleries are paintings, prints, and furnishings from SAM’s collection that inspired the artist, including beloved works such as Katsushika Hokusai’s woodblock prints and the early 17th-century ink-and-gold Crows screens.

The museum’s other installations, all drawn from SAM’s permanent collection, will also close on February 26. These include Terratopia: The Chinese Landscape in Painting and Film, juxtaposing classical Chinese works with a film by contemporary artist Yang Fudong; Awakened Ones: Buddhas of Asia, with sculptures and paintings spanning 13 centuries from all around Asia; and Ai Weiwei: Colored Vases, works by one of China’s most acclaimed contemporary artists and outspoken dissidents.

While the Seattle Asian Art Museum is closed, visitors will be able to see installations from SAM’s Asian art collection at the downtown museum. Currently on view is Pure Amusements: Wealth, Leisure, and Culture in Late Imperial China, featuring Chinese works including prints, sculpture, furnishings, and ceramics that were created for, and enjoyed during, leisurely pursuits.

Image credits: Installation view of Tabaimo: Utsutsushi Utsushi at the Seattle Asian Art Museum. © Seattle Art Museum, Photo: Natali Wiseman.

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