Thursday, February 22, 2018
In the Country of Fans, Japan
Suntory Museum of Art
Tokyo Midtown Galleria 3F, 9-7-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku,
Nov 28, 2018 To Jan 20, 2019
Detail: Did you know that slim, accordion-fold fans are a Japanese invention? These fans, which have broad and deep roots in Japanese life, appearing in religious festivals, daily life, performances, and games, have evolved a rich decorativeness. Highly portable, ready to be enjoyed anywhere, they are perhaps our most familiar and accessible example of “Art in Life.” Moreover, folding fans have helped generate a diverse range of related works of art, including folding screens, handscrolls, craft arts, and textiles. In this exhibition, we introduce the enduring world of the fans so long beloved by Japanese.
Fan-shaped paintings with waka scroll (detail)
Muromachi period, 16th century|