Chinese Paintings from Japanese Collections
The show comprises 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. This is the first major exhibition in America to explore the history of collecting Chinese paintings in Japan over a period of six centuries
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. Altogether, the exhibition tells an extraordinary story about the preservation of Chinese painting in Japan.
Please Note: This exhibition is closed June 2–6, 2014.
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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 and the National Endowment for the Arts. 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: Lü Ji, China, Birds and Flowers of the Four Seasons, Ming dynasty, Set of four hanging scrolls; ink and colors on silk, Tokyo National Museum, EX.2489.53d.