The Museum's Asian collection comprises fine works from East, Central, Southeast, and South Asia with strengths in ancient and later Chinese bronzes, Buddhist sculpture, calligraphy and painting, ceramics, and decorative arts. In addition, the Museum has an excellent representation of Japanese lacquer, calligraphy, painting, folding screens, and South Asian sculptures.

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Philip Hu joined the Museum in April 2006, as associate curator of Asian art. Philip received a BA in architecture from UC Berkeley and a Master of Architecture from UCLA. He subsequently received his MA in Chinese art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, where he also completed all the coursework for the PhD program. He taught East Asian art history at New York University and at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Philip is the author of Visible Traces: Rare Books and Special Collections from the National Library of China (2000) and Later Chinese Bronzes: The Saint Louis Art Museum and Robert E. Kresko Collections (2008). He curated the special exhibitions Power and Glory: Court Arts of China’s Ming Dynasty and Five Centuries of Japanese Screens: Masterpieces from the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as numerous rotations of East Asian art on paper and silk.

Recently, Philip reinstalled the Museum’s galleries for Ancient Chinese Jades and Bronzes; Korean Art; Japanese Art; Chinese and Japanese Export Porcelains; and South Asian and Himalayan Art.

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Art of China and Japan