Love Affairs: The Tale of Genji in Japanese Art

Aug 18, 2018 - Mar 10, 2019

Exhibition Overview

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The Tale of Genji is celebrated as Japan’s greatest literary work. Written in the early 1000s by Murasaki Shikibu, a lady-in-waiting at the imperial court, the tale traces the life and romantic pursuits of an imperial prince called “Shining Genji.” Rich in poetry and offering an intimate look at the court, it has inspired countless Japanese artists over the centuries, and illustrations of or allusions to the tale appear on everything from paintings, prints, and decorative artworks to clothing and manga (comic books). This exhibition will focus on Genji-related art created over the past 500 years. Shown in two parts—each encompassing almost 5,000 square feet—the exhibition will feature woodblock prints from the collection of Paulette and Jack Lantz alongside folding screens, lacquerware, kimono, and art in other media from Mia’s renowned collection of Japanese art.

Part 1: August 18–November 25, 2018
Part 2: December 1, 2018–March 10, 2019

(Photo courtesy of Minneapolis Institute of Art.)

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