2015 / Elegant Pastimes: Masterpieces from Clark Collection / Clark Center to close last exhibition, Feb. 10 – June 30

Clark Center Shibata Zeshin

Shibata Zeshin (1807–1891):The Four Elegant Pastimes, second half 19th century. Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink and color on gold leaf, 60 1/8 × 140 5/8 in. (152.72 × 357.19 cm) (image) The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The John R. Van Derlip Fund; purchase from the collection of Elizabeth and Willard Clark

The Clark Center will close the final exhibition “Elegant Pastimes” on June 30. The last chances to see treasures of Japanese art collected by Mr. Bill Clark.

Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture

February 10 – June 30, 2015

Elegant Pastimes: Masterpieces of Japanese Art from the Clark Collection at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Opening Lecture

Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Conducted by Dr. Andreas Marks, Head, Department of Japanese and Korean Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Seats are limited. Call the center at (559) 582-4915.

Exhibition dates: Feb. 10 – June 30, 2015

Clark CenterAfter providing enticing exhibitions for twenty years, the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture will close its doors with its final exhibition Elegant Pastimes: Masterpieces of Japanese Art from the Clark Collections at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

The exhibition highlights a selection of 1,200 years of Japanese art from the 8th century to 2013.

Since 1978, Bill Clark has been a relentlessly active “unrestrained, undisciplined, crazy collector,” to use his own words, and did not follow market trends or restrict himself to a specific medium, time period, artist, or motif.

Clark CenterHe strove to find strange, peculiar, curious, intriguing, works that “spoke to him.”

Elegant Pastimes therefore offers unusually rich and personal insights into the scope of Japanese art and the nature of connoisseurship.

This is a last, joyful celebration showcasing the stunning creative range and eccentricity of Japanese art.

The Clark Center for Japanese Art & Culture is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 12:30 to 5 p.m. with a docent tour every Saturday at 1 p.m.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and active military (with ID), 12 and under are free. Closed on Sundays and Mondays, and April 13 for Good Friday and May 25 for Memorial Day.

The Clark Center is located at 15770 Tenth Ave, Hanford, CA 93230