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Monday, December 16, 2019


Exhibition Public - USA & Canada

Hinges: Sakaki Hyakusen and the Birth of Nanga Painting

The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2155 Center Street,
Berkeley, California, USA
Oct 02, 2019 To Feb 02, 2020


Detail: Hinges: Sakaki Hyakusen and the Birth of Nanga Painting is the first US exhibition to focus on the art of Sakaki Hyakusen (1697–1752), the founding father of the Nanga school of painting in Japan. A pivotal figure in the history of Japanese art, Hyakusen served as a hinge between two artistic traditions: working from close observation of Chinese painting, he played a key role in the transformation of painting in eighteenth-century Japan. Much like the literati painting tradition in Ming dynasty China, where painting was appreciated as an expression of the learned gentleman with deep knowledge of literature, poetry, philosophy, and art, the Nanga school artists used painting as a means to express their own deep thoughts and feelings. This presentation brings together works by Hyakusen with stellar pieces by artists from the first and second generations of Nanga painting, such as Ike Taiga and Yosa Buson, drawn from the collections of BAMPFA as well as major lenders including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Phone No.: (510) 642-0808
Contact Email: [email protected]
Site URL: https://bampfa.org/program/hinges-sakaki-hyakusen-and-birth-nanga-painting

Sakaki Hyakusen: Two Ladies by a Stream, 18th century (detail);
Sakaki Hyakusen: Two Ladies by a Stream, 18th century (detail);
72 3/4 x 22 1/8 in.
hanging scroll, ink and color with traces of gold on paper

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