2024/2/22/ Japan Foundation to present Special Preview for Exhibition “TATSU: Depictions of Dragons in Japanese Art” Thursday, Feb. 22, 7PM

Art Exhibition “TATSU: Depictions of Dragons in Japanese Art

The Japan Foundation Los Angeles presents Special Preview for Art Exhibition TATSU: Depictions of Dragons in Japanese Art” on Thursday, February 22, 2024, 7:00pm, at the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, 5700 Wilshire Blvd., #100, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Door Opens at 6:30pm.

Admission: FREE. Registration is preferred, but walk-ins are also welcome. Click HERE to Register.

A curator of the exhibition, Meher McArthur will be present and give participants a guided gallery tour. Live Japanese calligraphy performance will be featured by Kuniharu Yoshida.

The year 2024 is the Year of the Dragon in the East Asian zodiac. Japan Foundation Los Angeles will celebrate this year with the exhibition TATSU: Depictions of Dragons in Japanese Art. Featuring art works from three local collections and curated by Meher McArthur, the exhibition celebrates the dragon as a beloved motif in a wide range of Japanese art, from paintings and prints to ceramics, metalwork, and textiles.

The Japanese dragon, known as tatsu or ryū (readings of the Chinese character “龍” simplified to “竜”), is largely inspired by the Chinese dragon, or long (龍), a benevolent creature associated with imperial power and protection.

However, dragons have also featured in native Japanese mythology and legends and in all types of art for many centuries. This exhibition will include a variety of dynamic and beautiful Japanese art works that depict the dragon not only as an exciting mythical creature but an enduring symbol of power and protection.