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02/11/2020 - 04/26/2020
New York (NY)

The Art of Impermanence: Japanese Works from the John C. Weber Collection and Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection

Prince Son’en (1298–1356). Toshinari’s Competition of the Thirty-Six Immortal Poets (Toshinari Sanjūrokunin utaawase) (detail). Japan. Nanbokuchō period, 14th century. Handscroll; ink on kumogami paper decorated with gold and silver birds and butterflies. H. 10¹⁄₃ x W. 449 in. (26.4 x 1140.5 cm). John C. Weber Collection. Photography by John Bigelow Taylor, courtesy of John C. Weber Collection.

Time & Location

February 11 – April 26
Asia Society (New York, NY)


Impermanence is a pervasive subject in Japanese thought and art. Through masterpieces of calligraphy, painting, sculpture, ceramics, lacquers, and textiles drawn from two of America’s greatest Japanese art collections, this exhibition examines Japan’s unique and nuanced references to transience. Objects span from the Jomon period to the twentieth century.

This exhibition is supported through the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

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