New Rotation

Japan: A History of Style

March 8, 2021–April 24, 2022
Free with Museum admission

This exhibition celebrates how gifts and acquisitions of the last decade have transformed The Met’s ability to narrate the story of Japanese art by both expanding and deepening the range of remarkable artworks that can meaningfully elucidate the past. Each of the ten rooms that make up the Arts of Japan Galleries features a distinct genre, school, or style, representing an array of works in nearly every medium, from ancient times to the present. Highlights include the debut of a spectacular group of contemporary metalwork by Living National Treasures and emerging artists, and, in the first rotation, a selection of woodblock prints from the Lee E. Dirks Collection.

Rotation 1: March 8–May 31, 2021
Rotation 2: June 5–August 8, 2021
Rotation 3 : August 28–December 5, 2021
Rotation 4: December 18, 2021–April 24, 2022

The exhibition is made possible by The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Foundation Fund.

The Rinpa Experience of Nature

Explore this Close Look to learn how painters in Edo-period Japan reinvigorated artistic traditions and idealized the past.

Exhibition Objects

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Zaō Gongen, Gilt bronze with incised decoration, Japan
11th century
Male and Female Shinto Deities, Japanese cypress with traces of color, Japan
10th century
Six of the Twelve Divine Generals (Jūni shinshō), Wood with lacquer, color, gold, and inlaid crystal eyes, Japan
early 14th century
Young Woman Preparing Tea

, Miki Suizan  Japanese, Matted painting; watercolor on silk mounted on mat board, Japan
Miki Suizan (Japanese, 1887–1957)
before 1952
Marquee: Imazu Tatsuyuki (Japanese, active early 20th century). Peacocks and Cherry Tree, ca. 1925. Two-panel folding screen; ink, color, gold, and silver on paper. 80 1/8 in. x 72 13/16 in. (203.5 x 185 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Mary and James G. Wallach Foundation Gift, 2015 (2015.585)