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09/22/2019 - 12/08/2019
Los Angeles (CA)

Every Living Thing: Animals in Japanese Art

Tani Bunchō, Japan, 1763-1840, Tiger Family and Magpies, 1807 (Bunka 4, 12th month, 18th day), ink and color on silk, 61 15/16 × 33 3/4 in. (157.3 × 85.7 cm), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of Charlotte Wayne and Richard Wayne in memory of Lenore Wayne (M.2016.155) photo © Museum Associates / LACMA.

Time & Location

September 22 – December 8
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA)


Every Living Thing: Animals in Japanese Art celebrates one of the most distinctive and compelling aspects of Japanese art: the depiction of animals. Underpinned by Japan’s unique spiritual heritage of Shinto and Buddhism, the Japanese reverence for natureーand the place of animals within that realmーis expressed in sculpture, painting, lacquer-work, ceramics, metalwork, cloisonné, and woodblock prints. Animals, warm and cold-blooded, real and imaginaryーare meticulously and beautifully rendered in a myriad of works from ancient 6th-century clay sculpture to contemporary art. Arranged in themes such as Zodiac Animals, Animals from Nature, Religion, Myth and Folklore, and Leisure, the exhibition draws heavily from LACMA’s permanent collection and includes masterpieces from Japanese and American public and private collections, some of which are on view for the first time.

This exhibition is co-organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and The Japan Foundation, with special cooperation from the Tokyo National Museum, and presented as part of Japan 2019, a series of events highlighting Japanese arts and culture in the U.S. throughout 2019.

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