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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Exhibition Public - Asia

In the Country of Fans, Japan

Suntory Museum of Art
Tokyo Midtown Galleria 3F, 9-7-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku,
Tokyo, Japan
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.

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Fan-shaped paintings with <em>waka</em> scroll (detail)
Fan-shaped paintings with waka scroll (detail)
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