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Pacific Asia, by way of Pasadena: The renovated USC museum’s new look

PASADENA, CA - DECEMBER 05: The mural, “Winds from Fusang,” is viewed through a door way at the rece
A mural in the exhibition “Winds From Fusang: Mexico and China in the Twentieth Century” appears through a door way in the recently renovated USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena. The museum reopens Friday.
(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

The dragon-guarded gates to the USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena are reopening to the public for the first time in more than a year after the seismic retrofit of its 1924 building, a makeover of galleries and construction of a new gift shop, among other changes.

Centuries-old Vishnu and Buddha sculptures will be on view with the exhibition “Winds From Fusang: Mexico and China in the Twentieth Century,” exploring the influence of Western artists in the East.

The Times paid an early visit for a pictorial preview before the crowds arrived for opening weekend. Admission to the museum will be free through Dec. 17.

PASADENA, CA - DECEMBER 05: The USC Pacific Aasia Museum, photographed on December 05, 2017 in Pasad
The USC Pacific Asia Museum’s 1924 building closed for more than a year for a seismic retrofit.
(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times )
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PASADENA, CA - DECEMBER 05: The entrance to the USC Pacific Asia Museum on December 05, 2017 in Pas
The entrance to the museum.
(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times )
PASADENA, CA - DECEMBER 05: A dragon adorns the front gate of the USC Pacific Aasia Museum, photogra
Dragon decoration on the front gate.
(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times )
PASADENA, CA - DECEMBER 05: Chinese Art from the USC Pacific Asia Museum’s permanent collection, on
In addition to the seismic retrofit, a makeover of galleries was part of the renovation project.
(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times )
PASADENA, CA - DECEMBER 05: Southeast Asian Art from the USC Pacific Asia Museum’s permanent collec
A gallery of Southeast Asian art in the newly reopened museum.
(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times )

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