Flower Power

The Meaning of Flowers in Asian Art


In 1967, the phrase 'flower power' transformed the commonplace flower into a Buddhist-inspired symbol of peace. In honour of the fiftieth anniversary of San Francisco's 'Summer of Love', this art and design book showcases the expressive powers of flowers in Asian arts and cultures.

The book presents forty artworks, all drawn from the Asian Art Museum's renowned collection, that focus on six celebrated flowers – lotus, plum blossom, cherry blossom, chrysanthemum, tulip and rose – and the messages they convey. Whether painted on a scroll, carved into a lacquer box or animated in a video installation, these flowers bring both beauty and meaning to the artworks they adorn.


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    255 x 210mm
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