Located at the heart of downtown San Francisco, on 1025 Market Street near Sixth Street, International Art Museum of America is a permanent, non-profit museum open to the public. The Museum's goal is to utilize the exhibition forum to pass on works of art that have achieved the most exquisite beauty and preciousness in the history of civilization, in order to further humanity's moral progress, spiritual well-being, cultural development and world peace. It takes as its mission bringing humanity happiness and uplifting aesthetic enjoyment.
International Art Museum of America collects and exhibits only outstanding works by famous artists, not works by ordinary artists. The Museum is not affiliated with any religion and is completely non-religious. It is also not a privately owned organization. Rather, it is a public-benefit, non-profit art museum. International Art Museum of America will collect and display any artwork that meets the artistic standards set by the Museum and has been selected by a vote of the Museum's board of directors. All artists are treated equally. The artist can be a member of any religion, such as Christianity, Catholicism, Buddhism, Judaism, etc., or the artist can have no religion at all.
By resolution of its board of directors, International Art Museum of America was originally designated to permanently display only the artwork of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, the only artist to receive the World Peace Prize and be conferred title of Distinguished International Master of Art. However, His Holiness the Buddha adamantly disagreed, expressing His opinion that International Art Museum of America is a site for masters of art worldwide to showcase their artistic accomplishments, and should embrace diversity in order to provide the public with broader aesthetic enjoyment. The Board of Directors yielded to this suggestion of His Holiness the Buddha.
As an international public art museum, International Art Museum of America is committed to assuring that the exhibited artworks meet discerning world-class standards of excellence. Thus, all artworks held or displayed by International Art Museum of America have been approved by a majority vote of the Museum's Board of Directors. The Board of Directors have established their criteria for artwork selection as follows:
"Regardless of the medium--whether it be painting or calligraphy, ink-wash painting, oil painting, watercolor, gouache, or sculpture--the artwork must come from the hands of a world-class or national artist, and the value of artworks by any such living artist must be within the highest, or second-highest tier of valuation. Any artist whose work has not been valued at or above US$200,000 per square foot must have been exhibited by the highest governmental body of his or her nation, or be an eminent artist and the director of an art museum or head of an art academy, in order for that artist's work to be considered. But even if that artist meets these basic criteria by having such status, his or her work must be valued at a minimum of US$20,000 per square foot to be considered for exhibition. Additionally, artists who lived over one hundred years ago are exempt from the valuation minimums, but must be exhibited at two or more art museums of worldwide renown, and have produced artwork of exceptional quality, to be considered for exhibition at International Art Museum of America. The Museum is concerned only with the quality of the artwork itself, not with the number of artists who are selected for exhibition."
These are the basic criteria by which International Art Museum of America considers artworks for exhibition. Thus the artworks that are able to be selected for exhibition by International Art Museum of America are mostly unparalleled artworks, exquisite works of rarified realms, or the paragons of their respective schools or types of art. For example, the Museum exhibits representative works from each subject-category and period of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, the selling price of whose paintings figure among the highest of living artists. There are paintings of His from the year 2000, when the auction price for His paintings was more than US$60,000 per square foot, to the year 2010, when the auction price for His paintings reached US$520,000 and US$910,000 per square foot, respectively. For the enjoyment of everyone, International Art Museum of America has paintings by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III that are even more exquisite than those paintings sold at international auctions.
The Museum also displays paintings by Zhang Daqian and Qi Baishi, who are first and second, respectively, in the whole world with respect to the overall value of their auctioned paintings. On January 13, 2012, the Chinese newspaper World Journal reported, "Summarizing the news from New York received on the 12th, last year paintings by Zhang Daqian and Qi Baishi yielded unusually brilliant results in worldwide auction markets, making them first and second place, respectively, in the world when it comes to the total sum paid at auctions for paintings by a single artist in the year 2011. The two of them thereby overtook Pablo Picasso, who had been in first place for many years." Some artwork displayed in IAMA are even of higher quality than the above-mentioned auctioned artwork. Among the highest valued of such paintings were appraised at over thirty-five million dollars and over fifty million dollars, respectively, and are still continuing to appreciate.
Other exhibits of the Museum include lotus flower paintings by Yu Hua Shouzhi Wang. The U.S. Congressional Record has hailed her lotus paintings as "unsurpassed" in "the history of Chinese art," and her painted sculptures of faux cobblestones and sculptures of faux coral formations as "treasures of the world."
These are all highly valued gems of art. The Museum possesses not only calligraphy and oil paintings but also the most accomplished artworks in the history of Chinese paintings, which surpass the paintings of traditional masters in subject-categories such as flora, fauna, birds and insects, landscape, portraiture and various animals. Some realistic works not only appear exactly like their objects but are more exquisitely detailed and beautiful than their real-life counterparts. International Art Museum of America also boasts exquisite frame art—such as those that are sculpted then finished by oil painting, formed in the style of wood or of jade slabs entwined with withered vines--not found anywhere else in the world. Moreover, the Museum houses a piece proclaimed as the "peerless treasure of the world" and whose value is incalculable: the first artwork in human history in which the sculpture of a stone enfolds mist that never dissipates.
In addition, the Museum will present, in several groups and stages, exhibitions of irreplicable artwork--seen for the first time in thousands of years--whose ethereal beauty captivates the soul. Examples include "Se Yun Xuan Huang (Wondrous Resplendency)," "Wan Er Ling Xi (Tacit Understanding Expressed Through a Soft Smile)," "Yi Shi Heng Jiao (Beauty Draped Over Rock)," "Huang Huang (Yellow Yellow)," "Ling Shan Jin Qu (A Holy Song at the Dharma Assembly of Sakyamuni Buddha," "Tang Huang Kuai Shi Xi (Song of a Majestic Boulder," "Shen Mi Shi Wu (Mysterious Boulder with Mist)," "Wan Gu Hui Guang (Forever Brilliant)," and "Yi Zhu Qing Tian (A Pillar Holds Up Heaven)." These Yun sculptures are treasures of art whose consummate beauty justifies their title as the acme of world-class art.
Also, the Museum will present rotating exhibitions of sculptures of corals and vases that are created from wood and stone and then painted to convey the essence of natural coral but surpass its beauty, the likes of which are truly found nowhere else. These works include "Fen Dan Zhuang (A Pastel Adornment)," "Hai Shen (Sea God)," "Bai Yu Zhen (White Jade Treasure)," "Long Gong Jue Bao - Wang Zhe (Supreme Treasure of the Dragon King's Palace – King)," "Long Gong Jue Bao – Feng Zhen (Supreme Treasure of the Dragon King's Palace – Phoenix Treasure)," "Hai Gon Jun (Sea Palace Monarch)," "Hai Gu Qi Shan (Wondrous Coral of the Sea Valley)," "Fen Zhi Hong (Blush Red)," "Han Gu Shan (Parched Ancient Coral)" and more, all of which are paired with unique artistic vases. Other rare treasures of the art works include "Yang Zhi Yu (Sheep Tallow Jade)," "Sheng Jun Tao (Ceramic of the Victorious Monarch," "You Zhi Li Ping (Lustrous Oil Vase)," "Hong Luo Xiu (Embroidered Red Dress)," "Ru Yi Tai (Art as Tender and Pure as a Baby)," "Gao Zi Lu (Tall Emerald Vase)," "Lucui Qilang (Mottled Enamel Porcelain)," and "Cai Yi Tao (A Vibrantly Colored Ceramic Glimpsed)." Art critics have commented that since these Yun sculptures and wondrous coral artworks appeared on this earth, even the most extravagant jewels and jades lost their luster, just as the stars pale against a resplendent moon. The comparison makes it easy to imagine how stirring, intoxicating and exhilarating the aesthetic enjoyment of artwork exhibited by International Art Museum of America is.
In order to provide the public with even richer artistic enjoyment, International Art Museum of America has been collecting artwork created by ancient, modern, and present-day famous masters of art. This includes artwork by Wu Changshuo, a renowned painter, calligrapher, and seal carver hailed as one of the "Four Great Painters of the Shanghai School in the Late Qing Dynasty"; calligraphy by Emperor Yongzheng of the Qing Dynasty; artwork by Ren Bonian, a famous painter of the late Qing Dynasty; artwork by Yun Nantian, a great master of his era and foremost among the six great artists of the late Ming and early Qing dynasties; artwork by Huang Binhong, a master artist in the history of modern Chinese art who has been hailed as the "greatest master of brush and ink in history"; artwork by Qi Baishi, a celebrated and exceptional contemporary master of Chinese painting, calligraphy, and seal carving; artwork of Zhang Daqian, a renowned master of Chinese painting; and works of art by other famous masters of art, such as Xu Gu, Xu Beihong, Li Keran, Fu Baoshi, Pan Tianshou, and Huang Zhou.
The board of International Art Museum of America believes that the Museum is unsurpassed in the uniqueness and preciousness of its exhibits and in the important role it plays in carrying on and promoting the cultural development of humanity around the globe. Some of the Museum's exhibits are special artistic masterpieces the likes of which definitely do not exist in any other museum in the world. Thus, International Art Museum of America is the most distinctive museum on earth, displaying art that is undoubtedly world-class, unique, and of excellent quality, such as its Yun sculptures, faux coral, flower vases, art frames, faux jade slabs, and a sculpture in which mysterious mist does not disperse. Still, we at International Art Museum of America are fully aware that our museum does not have works of art exhibited by the numerous other art museums in the world. We will therefore commit ourselves to learning from all of the advanced art museums that have a plentiful array of exhibits. We will continue to work hard, collecting beautiful, top-quality artwork of a wide variety so as to provide humanity with spiritual sustenance and contribute to the service of humanity through art.
The Museum is headed by renowned figures: the Honorary President of International Art Museum of America was the late Marquis Juan Antonio Samaranch, who was the lifetime Honorary Chairman of the International Olympic Committee, and the Museum's Honorary Art Director is Ching-Kuo Wu, Ph.D., who is President of the International Boxing Association.