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

12 December 2018–14 April 2019

Exhibition Overview

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Okamoto Shūki, White Swallows by a Waterfall, 19th century (detail); ink and color on silk; 38 1/4 x 14 in.; BAMPFA, gift of Dr. Eugene C. Gaenslen, Jr.

BAMPFA's Japanese art collection began in 1919 with a remarkable donation of more than a thousand woodblock prints from the estate of UC Berkeley Professor of English William Dallam Armes. This exhibition features a selection of these exceptional prints, as well as hanging scroll paintings, screens, lacquerware, and ceramics that have entered the collection over the century since this transformative gift changed the small, mostly regional art collection of the University forever, creating a foundation for what would become BAMPFA’s extensive holdings of Asian art and helping catapult the museum into a new era of international art collecting.

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