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"300 years of Japanese Painting"
2000-05-20 until 2000-08-06
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Indianapolis, IN, USA United States of America

A once in a lifetime opportunity awaits visitors to the Indianapolis Museum of Art this spring and summer. 300 Years of Japanese Painting: New Treasures for Indianapolis unveils 75 hanging scrolls and folding screens from the Edo period (1615-1868). These new additions to the IMA's Asian collection are the work of 46 Japanese artists, including master painters Buson, Jakuchu, Sotatsu and Shohaku. These dramatic, large-scale works represent the great diversity of styles and subjects associated with the Edo period. With this acquisition, the IMA now has one of the finest collections of Edo paintings in America.

Opening May 20 and continuing through August 6, 2000 in the Allen Whitehill Clowes Special Exhibition Gallery, the rare and important paintings highlight the major artists of the Edo period and the many different schools that developed. The new collection presents the major painting traditions of the period, including the Rimpa, Ukiyo-e, Maruyama-Shijo and Nanga.

This exhibition offers IMA visitors a wonderful chance to witness the depth and diversity of the collection, said Dr. James Robinson, IMA curator of Asian art. This is a monumental collection, and the exhibition 300 Years of Japanese Painting may well be the only opportunity we have to see all of the works at one time. The exhibition includes 20 large-scale screens and more than 50 hanging scrolls that will only be shown together on this one occasion due to their fragile and light-sensitive nature.

The Alliance of the IMA and the IMA’s Asian Art Society have provided generous support for the acquisition.

IMAGE:
Rimpa school,
mid-17th century
Japanese, Edo period
detail of Flowers and Butterflies
pair of six-panel screens
ink and color on gold leaf
51 3/4 x 20 1/2 in. each panel


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