Press release: Museum presents highlights of Japanese collection

By | July 26, 2016

ST. LOUIS, July 26, 2016—The Saint Louis Art Museum will present Japanese Painting and Calligraphy: Highlights from the Collection, an installation of four significant works that highlight the depth and range of the museum’s holdings. Japanese Painting and Calligraphy will be on view in gallery 225 from Aug. 19 through Feb. 12, 2017.

The Museum’s collection of Japanese art came into being in 1910 with the gift of four art works: two bronzes, a silk textile and a hanging scroll. Since then, the collection has grown to over 2,600 objects, among them important examples of the many forms and schools of visual culture that flourished on the archipelago from around 1000 BC to the present day.

Organized to complement the upcoming exhibition Conflicts of Interest: Art and War in Modern Japan, the exhibition includes works created over a period of around five centuries. Their subject matter, style and formats reflect various aspects of Japanese culture and society.

The centerpiece for the exhibition is an important pair of folding screens featuring a landscape painted in ink wash and gold on paper by Kaihō Yūshō (1533–1615). Among the treasures of the entire Museum’s collection, the screens were last shown in the exhibition Five Centuries of Japanese Screens in 2009.

Japanese Painting and Calligraphy is curated by Rhiannon Paget, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow for Japanese Art.

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