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Members Tour: Nature and Celebration in Byobu

Thursday, May 22, 2014, 4:00 pm
Nature and Celebration in Byobu: The Grandeur of Japanese Screens

May 13–July 6, 2014

The beauty of nature and the festivities of the Japanese people

Japanese folding screens, or byobu, were originally constructed to mark spatial divisions within a room. Often monumental in scale and sumptuously decorated, byobu have been created by some of Japan’s greatest artists. This exhibition features screens from the 16th century to the present, representing diverse themes painted by most of the dominant schools of the period, particularly from the 17th and 18th centuries. Byobu: The Grandeur of Japanese Screens includes the Gallery’s finest screens as well as works on loan from private collections, offering a truly comprehensive display of this opulent Japanese aesthetic. The exhibition is presented in three successive installations.

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