Exhibits

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    • 27 Oct 2018
    • 27 Oct 2019
    • Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St, Worcester, MA 01609


    Exhibit - Archaic Avant-Garde: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics

    October 27, 2018 – October 27, 2019

    Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St,
    Worcester, MA 01609

    This exhibit focuses on contemporary Japan’s leading ceramicists who have explored and experimented with ancient Japanese pottery techniques and forms to invigorated their own modern creations. Featured are pieces from the Horvitz Collection and works from such late 20th Century potters as Kamoda Shoji, Mori Togaku, Mihara Ken and Isezaki Koichiro.

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    • 13 Feb 2019
    • 15 Sep 2019
    • Museum of Fine Arts Boston, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

    Japanese print, The Gosechi Dance, from the series In Commemoration of the Enthronement (Tairei kinen)

    The Gosechi Dance, from the series In Commemoration of the Enthronement (Tairei kinen), Japanese, Taishō era, 1915. Color lithograph; ink and metallic pigment on card stock. Leonard A. Lauder Collection of Japanese Postcards.

    Exhibit - Royal Celebrations

    On exhibit from February 13, 2019 - September 15, 2019

    Museum of Fine Arts Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue,
    Boston, MA 02115

    This spring, Japan welcomes a new emperor when Crown Prince Naruhito (b. 1960) succeeds the Heisei Emperor, Akihito (b. 1933), as the 126th sovereign in the traditional lineage—the oldest royal line in the world, and one of the oldest family trees of any kind. When he takes possession of the Imperial Regalia, Naruhito will be the fifth sovereign to rule as a constitutional monarch in the modern age. 

    “Royal Celebrations: Japanese Prints and Postcards” presents prints, postcards, and illustrated books from the MFA collection that depict important events in the Japanese imperial family from 1868 to the present, including enthronement ceremonies—the equivalent of coronations—as well as royal weddings, anniversaries, births, and state visits. In The Gosechi Dance (1915), pictured above, young women of noble birth don radiant costumes to celebrate the enthronement of Naruhito’s great-grandfather. 

    At the beginning of the 20th century, most of the great powers were monarchies, but the only remaining monarchies in the Group of Seven are Britain and Japan. Is the maintenance of a royal family a frivolous expense? Or does a symbolic ruler have an important function as a focus of national unity, maintaining stability as elected governments change?

    To learn more, please visit the Museum of Fine Arts Boston website.

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    • 06 Mar 2019
    • 30 Jun 2020
    • Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115


    Exhibit - Conservation in Action: Japanese Buddhist Sculpture in a New Light

    On exhibit now through June 30, 2010

    Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue,
    Boston, MA 02115

    A rare, behind the scenes look at the conservation of seven Buddhist sculptures. The wooden figures are decorated with polychromy or gliding and date from the 9th to the 12th centuries. The conservation project occupies an entire gallery in the Museum, allowing visitors to observe the techniques employed by conservators as they carefully clean the sculptures and secure areas of loose paint, lacquer, and gilding.

    To learn more, please visit the Museum of Fine Arts webpage.

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    • 25 May 2019
    • 11 Aug 2019
    • Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138