International Art Museum of America, San Francisco

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The International Art Museum of America (IAMA), originally the Superb Art Museum of America, is an art museum located at 1023 Market Street between 6th and 7th Streets in the South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood of San Francisco, California. It was founded in 2011 by H. H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, an artist who claims to be a reincarnation of the Buddha Vajradhara, and originally only contained works by him. In an interview with Huffington Post, Dyana Curreri-Ermatinger, the museum's director, denied that the museum was part of a cult, saying that its mission was "to provide a place that is serene and peaceful in the otherwise chaotic environment of Central Market".
The front entrance contains a permanent garden installation with a pond, a waterfall, imitation rock formations, a pagoda-roofed gazebo, and a tree house sculpture designed by artist Steve Blanchard.
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  • An Amazing art museum I have ever seen, it is incredible. I did go to some museums in New York, I thought that was the best place for me to see art. But I found I was wrong, IAMA is indeed the most...  more »
  • It was a nice and beautiful Saturday outside,I was hanging out with friends to the international art museum of America! All the arts there were so amazing, especially the one with sun flowers. It...  more »
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  • An absolutely bizarre museum founded by a man who believes he's the reincarnation of Buddha. Interesting combination of classic Chinese art and strange modern sculpture. Lobby looks like a miniature golf course. With all that said...it is pretty memorable.
  • Very interesting exhibit except it featured mainly one guy. He's an amazing artist but some more variety would be awesome. Last Sunday of the month is free! Wouldn't have gone otherwise.

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