Chinese Paintings from Japanese Collections
This is the first major exhibition in America to explore the history of collecting Chinese paintings in Japan over a period of six centuries, with nearly forty masterpieces of the Tang (618–906), Song (960–1279), Yuan (1260–1368), and Ming (1368–1644) dynasties owned by Japanese museums—many of which have never been displayed outside of Japan.
The exhibition demonstrates Japan’s historical role in preserving a large part of China’s cultural and artistic heritage during three key phases in Japanese history: the Kamakura and Muromachi period (14th–16th centuries); the Edo period (17th–19th centuries); and the Meiji, Taishô, and early Shôwa periods (early 20th century). Chinese paintings functioned in Japan as symbols of Chinese culture, indicators of social status, and models for major traditions of Japanese painting, such as Zen and Kanô School painting. The exhibition tells an extraordinary story about the preservation of Chinese painting in Japan.
Due to the light-sensitive nature of the works of art in this exhibition, the exhibition will take place in two parts.
Part I May 11–June 1, 2014
Part II June 7–July 6, 2014
The exhibition will be closed to the public for a brief period, June 2nd through 6th, to accommodate the change in the selection of works on view.
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This exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and was made possible in part by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Henry Luce Foundation, and the Blakemore Foundation. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
LACMA is grateful for the special cooperation of the Tokyo National Museum.
Image: Liang Kai, China, The Poet Li Bai Chanting a Poem on a Stroll, Southern Song dynasty, 13th century, Hanging scroll; ink on paper, Tokyo National Museum, Important Cultural Property, image courtesy of TNM Image Archive.