Friday, April 27, 2012

Colorful Realm: Japanese Bird-and-Flower Paintings by Ito Jakuchu (1716–1800)

Hours Extended
Open until 8 p.m., April 27, 28, 29 Use the 6th Street and Constitution Avenue entrance
West Building, Ground Floor

Celebrating the centennial of Japan's gift of cherry trees to the nation's capital, this exhibition features one of Japan's most renowned cultural treasures, the 30-scroll set of bird-and-flower paintings by Ito Jakuchu. Titled Colorful Realm of Living Beings (J. Doshoku sai-e; c. 1757–1766), these extraordinary scrolls are being lent to the National Gallery of Art by the Imperial Household. Their exhibition here—for one month only—provides a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: not only is it the first time all 30 paintings will be on view in the United States, but it is also the first time any of the works will be seen here after their six-year-long restoration.

6th Street & Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20565
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-6pm
Admission is always free

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