Recent Gifts to the Collection
February 8, 2009 – March 1, 2010
In the Frank and Toshie Mosher Gallery of Japanese Art
Curated by Kendall Brown, PhD
Highlighting objects donated in 2008 from half-a-dozen collectors, the exhibition includes works of the Edo, Meiji and modern periods, showing paintings in the folding screen, hanging scroll and album formats, as well as woodblock prints, textiles, photographs and ceramics. Largest and most dramatic is an 18th c. screen painting of Pheasants in Spring in Autumn on gold leaf by a member of the Kano school. Other important Edo period paintings not only provide excellent examples of work in the Shijo, Nanga and Ukiyo-e styles but also nearly complete the Museum’s acquisition of the famous Harari collection originally assembled in London in the 1960s. Woodblock prints by Yoshida Hiroshi and Ito Shinsui are excellent early examples of the Shin-hanga movement in modern prints. Most recent, and arguably most beautiful are a kimono and obi sash made in the post-war period from a collection of three dozen exquisite modern textiles produced from the 1950s through the 1970s.