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“New museum”

International Art Museum of America
Ranked #290 of 542 things to do in San Francisco
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“New museum”
Reviewed July 31, 2014

This is a new museum with free admission. Has few nice displays. The best part was that we were the only one in the museum. Loved to have it all to ourself

Visited July 2014
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“A confusing, self-aggrandising place.”
Reviewed May 22, 2014

I'm still going to recommend a visit to this 'museum', and I use the term quite loosely. It's free after all and there's one or two works worth looking at. Generally speaking though it feels like some kind of propaganda machine for HH Dorje Chang Buddha III and his paintings and calligraphy.

A quick google search will turn up all sorts of interesting phrases in relation to him, scam, cult, controversial etc.

All I can say on the matter is that the accompanying plaques to the artworks are some of the most sickening sycophantic descriptions I've ever seen in a museum!

Having walked round the whole of the museum I'm not sure I have any real confidence that so many styles of painting are all from one artist, as they often purport to be. Although he is clearly a jack of all trades and master of none.

The worst part is that in a room full of 19th century European paintings they've still managed to shoe-horn in a few of the 'Buddha's' abstract modern art pieces alongside them!

A surreal experience for sure, but one I'm glad I had whilst in San Francisco, the home of counter-culture.

Visited May 2014
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Reviewed April 2, 2014

Just came across this while walking along the street. I found the H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III exhibition very interesting and inspirational. I would have liked to purchase a few postcards of the paintings and sculptures I liked, but this wasn't available. If you are interested in art, then its worth a visit.

Visited March 2014
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San Francisco, California
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“They need more advertising”
Reviewed December 22, 2013

Yesterday went to a very interesting museum. IAMA = International Art Museum of America, opened a year ago, but they don’t have budget for advertising, so I haven’t heard about it till recently. They have Asian and European paintings, and the whole collection looks strange, like scrambled at the last moment, but still enjoyable. Some paintings are difficult to see with the glare from windows and light bulbs.

Museum is free the first year, but they don’t know how long the free admission will last, so hurry if you want to see it without paying. Familiar names are Toussaint and Carpentier. Asian paintings are “all over” – at least one from 17th century, but mostly from an artist with the last name “Buddha III” who uses different styles.

On the first floor they have landscaped wooden “houses” and a waterfall, very pleasant to the eye. You cannot miss the writing on the wall: Samaranch is the honorary director. Second floor has paintings and toward the end you walk into “Japanese village” with 3-D art. Don’t miss the dragons on the way to the restroom. We spent over an hour there, and would love to come back some time later.

Visited December 2013
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“What a joke.”
Reviewed August 23, 2013

Worst thing I've ever seen. Must be a front for tax evasion, drug running or some sort of smuggling. Maybe they have those things that steal your credit card info in the walls? Bizarre.

Visited August 2013
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