2015 / Japanese Paintings and Prints: Celebrating LACMA’s 50th Anniversary, Jun. 28 – Nov. 29

LACMA Maruyama Okyo Cranes

LACMA Japanese Pavilion exhibition: Maruyama Okyo (1733 – 1795), Cranes, 1772, pair of six-panel screens. Acquired in 2011. (Cultural News Photo)

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Japanese Paintings and Prints: Celebrating LACMA’s 50th Anniversary

June 28 – Sept​ember 20, 2015

Painting exhibition remains through Nov. 29

Japanese Paintings and Prints: Celebrating LACMA’s 50th Anniversary commemorates the museum’s 50th year as well as the individuals and groups who have shaped the museum’s collections of Japanese paintings and prints. Included are:

Nigh Festival of Tsushima Shrine, early Edo period, eight-panel screens;

Maruyama Okyo (1733 – 1795), Cranes, 1772, pair of six-panel screens;

Yamaguchi Soken (1759-1818) Flowers and Plants of the Four Seasons, pair of six-panel screens;

Imanaka Soyu (1886-1959)  Birds and Flowers (Taisho period, 1912-1926), pair of six-panel screens.

“Nigh Festival of Tsushima Shrine” early Edo period, eight-panel screens

“Nigh Festival of Tsushima Shrine” early Edo period, eight-panel screens (Cultural News Photo)

Yamaguchi Soken (1759-1818) “Flowers and Plants of the Four Seasons” pair of six-panel screens

Yamaguchi Soken (1759-1818) “Flowers and Plants of the Four Seasons” pair of six-panel screens (Cultural News Photo)
Imanaka Soyu (1886 – 1959) “Birds and Flowers” (Taisho period, 1912-1926), pair of six-panel screens

Imanaka Soyu (1886 – 1959) “Birds and Flowers” (Taisho period, 1912-1926), pair of six-panel screens (Cultural News Photo)

Los Angeles County Museum of Art is located at 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Phone (323) 857-6010.  www.lacma.org Closed Wednesdays.

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The first works of Japanese art to enter the collection of the Los Angeles Museum of History, Science, and Art — which eventually became Los Angeles County Museum of Art in April 1965 — were a large group of woodblock prints acquired in 1916, three years after the museum opened.

Today, the museum’s permanent collection of Japanese art reflects the interests of a growing number of individuals in Southern California who discovered and grew to appreciate Japanese art and culture over the course of the 20th century, particularly in the post-WWII decades.

As part of LACMA’s commitment to Japanese art, the museum made significant artwork purchases in addition to acquiring large gifts of inrō, traditional and contemporary prints, ceramics, and netsuke.

Moreover, in the 1980s the museum constructed a building exclusively for the display of Japanese art, and in the early 90s a separate department for Japanese art was established.

Japanese Paintings and Prints: Celebrating LACMA’s 50th Anniversary commemorates the museum’s 50th year as well as the individuals and groups who have shaped the museum’s collections of Japanese paintings and prints. Included are gifts from private collectors, works purchased through the generosity of individual donors, and objects acquired through the support of various museum groups.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art is located at 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Phone (323) 857-6010.  www.lacma.org  Closed Wednesdays.

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