Rubin Museum of Art is a unique institution devoted to the collection, presentation and preservation of art from Asia. Rubin features world-class exhibitions that highlight the cultures and traditions through both historic and contemporary works of art. Rubin Museum has been recognized as one of the top 10 most innovative new museums in America by ARTnews magazine and has received international acclaim for its groundbreaking exhibitions on subjects such as Himalayan landscape painting; Japanese woodblock printing; Tibetan sand mandalas; Chinese calligraphy; Indian miniature paintings; Korean ceramics; Persian carpets, metalwork, jewelry and textiles. The museum’s permanent collection includes over 12,000 objects spanning 3 millennia. Information can be found here.
The Rubin is a non-collecting institution that organizes six to eight special exhibitions each year. The most popular and best-curated exhibits include the Sacred Arts of Southeast Asia, Tibetan Buddhist monks from several different monasteries; Islamic Journeys: A Look at Orientalist Paintings; Fabulous Feasts: Medieval Cookery and its Effects on Fashion. Two major highlights are an exhibition featuring 100 paintings by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai with commentary by Pulitzer Prize winner Colm Tóibín, author of “Brooklyn” works inspired by Goethe’s “Faust” which opened in September 2017. Rubin Museum of Art has been praised for its mission to be a place where people can connect with the art, culture and traditions of Asia. See here for information about Washington Square Park: A Hidden Gem in New York.