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Ink, Paper, Silk: One Hundred Years of Collecting Japanese Art 

When: Dec. 12-April 14 2019
Price: free with admission

Ink, Paper, Silk: One Hundred Years of Collecting Japanese Art

The Japanese art collection at Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive has been growing since 1919 when a UC Berkeley professor gifted some of his woodblock prints to the museum. Now, on view for the first time ever are rare, special occasion pieces called surimono prints. These elusive and carefully painted designs display just how light-handed Japanese artists were. “White Swallows by a Waterfall,” a silk piece donated by Dr. Eugene Gaenslen, Jr., illustrates a long-drop waterfall next to two turtle doves against deep blue waters. “Chinese Children and White Elephant, a two-piece ink and gold work comprising 147-inch-wide paintings, displays an enormous elephant with at least 40 kids surrounding it. Additionally, there is new work by a Chan monk named Mokuan Shoto, who uses calligraphy as his catalyst for storytelling.
— Amyra Soriano


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