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This installation occurred in the past. The archival summary below describes the installation as it was conceived while on view.

This installation of hanging scrolls, woodblock printed books, and a six-panel folding screen celebrates the art of the Rinpa school, one of Japan’s major historic art movements. Active from the 17th century onward, the style is known for its bright colors, generous use of gold, and emphasis on pattern and design. Artists associated with the Rinpa school often worked in a variety of different media, as exemplified by the diversity of objects on display in this installation.

Acquired in 1920, the folding screen Chrysanthemums and Autumnal Plants was the first Japanese painting to enter the Museum’s collection. The work is on view for the first time since it was conserved and remounted over the course of nine months by the Nishio Conservation Studio in Washington, DC. The conservation and remounting was made possible by a generous grant from the Sumitomo Foundation in Tokyo, Japan.

Gallery 225 is devoted to the periodic rotation of Asian art and related objects. Japanese Art of the Rinpa School is curated by Philip Hu, curator of Asian art.


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