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Flowing Streams

Flowing Streams

Scenes from Japanese Art and Life

December 21, 2006–June 3, 2007

Since ancient times the ceaseless flow of streams and rivers that crisscross the islands of Japan has been likened to the transitory nature of life. Japanese paintings from all ages portray the phases of life as they unfold on and alongside the flowing creeks, rivulets, and rivers. In this special installation, paintings and screens from the Metropolitan's own collection are complemented by loans from private collections in New York and other areas.