Buddha, Shiva, Lotus, Dragon: The Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection at Asia Society presents nearly 70 of the finest examples of Asian art in the United States.


This exhibition showcases the extraordinary range of bronzes, ceramics and metalwork that John D. Rockefeller 3rd (1906–1978) and his wife, Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller (1909–1992), thoughtfully assembled between the 1940s and the 1970s. With highlights including spectacular Chinese vases, dynamic Indian Chola bronzes and exquisite Southeast Asian sculptures, the exhibition reveals great achievements in Asian art spanning more than two millennia. This selection of masterpieces drawn from Asia Society’s permanent collection is a visually stunning presentation that illuminates social and artistic histories from across Asia and underscores the visual arts’ capacity to encourage cross-cultural dialogue.  


This exhibition represents a special opportunity to experience the unparalleled quality of the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection outside of its home at Asia Society Museum in New York City. In addition to investigating themes of Buddhist sculpture, Hindu sculpture and ceramics and metalwork, the show also examines the Rockefellers’ connoisseurship as well as their collecting and exhibition practices in an age when political and economic circumstances informed the reception and availability of Asian artworks in the United States. With an emphasis on beauty, ingenuity and tradition, this exhibition manifests the dynamic ideas and philosophies that animate histories of Asian art and renews the Rockefellers’ vision of promoting a deep understanding of different cultures through experiences with astonishing works of art. 


Installation Views

Members-Only Early-Entry Hours

Members can visit the special exhibition early on selected days. Simply show your membership card when you reach the exhibition entrance. No reservations required.


Saturdays, July 3, 10, and 17 | 9–10 am

Sundays, July 11 and 18 | 11 am–noon

Audio Tour 

In the audio tour, Kimbell curator Jennifer Casler Price and collaborators Dr. Adriana Proser, formerly the John H. Foster Curator for Traditional Asian Art at Asia Society Museum and now the Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Quincy Scott Curator of Asian Art at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, and Lisa Rotondo-Mccord, curator of Asian art and deputy director for curatorial affairs at the New Orleans Museum of Art, discuss the objects and themes on view in the Piano Pavilion galleries. 

The audio tour is available only on the Kimbell app. Purchase the access code to unlock the tour online or visit the ticketing desk in the Piano Pavilion. $4; $3 for members. Audio tour by Acoustiguide. 

Purchase the Access Code


Buddha, Shiva, Lotus, Dragon Audio Tour Transcript

Virtual Tour


Recursos en español

Temas de Exposición

Los temas seleccionados destacan los temas centrales de la exposición

Temas de Exposición

Exhibition Catalogue 

Buddha and Shiva, Lotus and Dragon presents sixty-seven masterpieces from the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection at Asia Society, one of the most important collections of Asian art in America. In this beautifully illustrated volume, written by Adriana Proser, formerly Asia Society Museum’s John H. Foster Senior Curator of Traditional Asian Art and now the Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Quincy Scott Curator of Asian Art at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, stunning artworks from across the continent testify to the diversity and ingenuity of Asian artistic cultures and art’s capacity to encourage cross-cultural exchange. 


This exhibition is co-organized by the American Federation of Arts and Asia Society Museum. The national tour of the exhibition is supported in pat by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities.