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.
Exhibition organized by Sadako Ohki, the Japan Foundation Associate Curator of Japanese Art. Made possible by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, the Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Foundation, the Council on East Asian Studies, and an endowment created with a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.