CHICAGO — The Heritage Museum of Asian Art will reopen on June 17 in a new, larger building after a year of construction and re-installation.
The museum has moved to a fully renovated building on 26th Street in Chinatown that is more than three times as large as the former museum.
“This is a culmination of my life long passion, and I couldn’t be happier to share it with Chicago and visitors to our city," said Jeffrey Moy, the museum's executive director.
The museum was founded in 2014 by Moy, a third-generation resident of Chinatown. Moy is the former owner of Paragon Book Gallery, which specialized in books on Asian art, history and language. He sold Paragon in 2013 and turned his focus to opening a museum that would show second- and third-generation Chinese-Americans the story of their ancestors'[ lives and art, and visitors from all over Chicago and overseas.
The official opening will take place with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon in front of the museum, according to a news release.
Chinatown community leaders, collectors, museum curators and other people with an interest in the field of Asian art are expected to attend. The dragon dancers of Chinatown will perform.
The initial Museum exhibits will include a large exhibit of sculptures from the Han and Tang Dynasty (200 B.C.-900 A.D.) loaned from the collection of James E. Conley Jr.
There will also be an exhibit of important Japanese ojime beads from the collection of the Kinsey Art Foundation. In addition, the permanent collection of archaic jades, bronzes, Chinese furniture and Chinese export silver will be exhibited. Moy said he hopes to change the temporary exhibits twice a year.
The museum will house a 10,000-volume research library, a gift shop and a media center.
For more information about the museum, visit heritageasianart.org.