Asia Society Museum lobby. Photo: Asia Society.

Asia Society Announces 2020 Launch of Triennial of Asia

New York’s Asia Society will launch the inaugural Triennial of Asia—comprising exhibitions, performances, forums and discussions, and public programming—in the summer of 2020. Boon Hui Tan, Asia Society Museum’s director, and Michelle Yun, the museum’s senior curator of modern and contemporary art, will cocurate the first edition.

The centerpiece of the triennial, entitled “We Do Not Dream Alone,” will be an eponymously named exhibition that will take place at Asia Society and other sites across New York City from June 5, 2020 through August 9, 2020.

“The Triennial of Asia will be the world’s first festival celebrating the top artists and innovators of Asia on a global platform,” said Josette Sheeran, Asia Society’s president. “In a time of crises and divisions we will invite Asia and the world to dream of a new future.”  

Tan added: “We must value art because it not only allows us to dream without fear, but also because it is one of the few civic spaces where we can disagree without explicit conflict, where the democratic potential of art to build new bridges of empathy between individuals and cultures can be expressed.”