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200 West Jones Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78215

Tel: 210.978.8100

Hours of Operation:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday and Friday: 10AM – 7PM
Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: 10AM – 5PM

Due to Covid-19, Admission tickets are now available for purchase online.

Woven Elegance: Bamboo Baskets from the Thoma Collection

July 15, 2022-January 2, 2024
Woven Elegance: Bamboo Baskets from the Thoma Collection is a series of three installations of approximately 15 baskets each, that will survey the outstanding accomplishments of Japanese basket makers active since the 19th century to the present day from three regions of Japan: the Kansai region, which encompasses the ancient capital, Kyoto; the Kanto region, which stretches westward from Tokyo; and the southernmost island of Kyushu. The exhibition demonstrates the specific techniques and styles of cutting and weaving bamboo that are particular to each of these geographic regions.

Permanent Collection
In 1990 museum trustees Walter F. and Lenora Brown began donating what has grown to over 500 Asian objects, mostly Chinese ceramics. With additional later acquisitions, the Museum's collection of Asian art is now among the finest in the nation. The collection was installed in its new and dedicated space, the 15,000-square-foot Lenora and Walter F. Brown Asian Art Wing, in 2005. With the installation in 2019 on the museum's grounds of a 12-foot-high, six-and-a-half ton Taihu Rock, gifted by San Antonio's sister city Wuxi in China, the Asian art collection became part of SAMA's riverview.

Curator Talk with Emily Sano

March 8
In person event, 6-7:30pm (CST)
Friends of SAMA and Circle Members only. Limited capacity. Registration required.

Join Emily Sano, Senior Advisor for Asian Art, as she leads a presentation on the new installation of Japanese baskets from the Thoma Collection. The baskets are the work of bamboo masters from the Kansai region of Japan and demonstrate the unique weaving techniques of the area. Following the presentation, Emily will answer questions in the Japanese gallery where attendees can see the baskets on display. Enjoy wine and light bites prior to the talk.