Newark Museum


Newark Museum

Poetic Pastimes
Japan and the Art of Leisure

Through May 6, 2012

View of Mukojima

Currently on view through May 6, Poetic Pastimes showcases more than 150 pieces of fine and decorative arts from the 17th through 20th centuries in a wide variety of media, including woodblock prints, paintings, lacquer, textiles, metalwork, ceramics, and carved ivory. Celebrated pastimes like cherry blossom viewing, the tea ceremony and "The Way of Tea", martial arts and "The Way of the Warrior" have flourished in Japan for more than a thousand years spurring a florescence of creative and artistic expression.

From the development of an aristocratic court life in the classical Heian period (794-1185), the pursuit of pleasure and self-cultivation has been central to Japanese life and culture. This includes contemplating things like the migration of birds, blossoming flowers and trees, autumn foliage under a harvest moon, and branches laden with snow.

Drawn largely from the Museum’s historic collections that include masterworks from the founding collection of 1909, the majority of these precious art objects are publicly revealed for the first time.

Guest curator: Laura J. Mueller.

source : www.newarkmuseum.org



The Newark Museum is the largest museum in New Jersey, USA.

Four permanent galleries
are dedicated to the continual display of Japanese art.

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The Newark Museum
is the largest museum in New Jersey, USA. It holds fine collections of American art, decorative arts, contemporary art, and arts of Asia, Africa, the Americas, and the ancient world. Its extensive collections of American art include works by Hiram Powers, Thomas Cole, John Singer Sargent, Albert Bierstadt, Frederick Church, Childe Hassam, Mary Cassatt, Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, Joseph Stella, Tony Smith and Frank Stella.

The Newark Museum's Tibetan galleries are considered among the best in the world. The collection was purchased from Christian missionaries in the early twentieth century. The Tibetan galleries have an in-situ Buddhist altar that the Dalai Lama has consecrated.

In addition to its extensive art collections, The Newark Museum is dedicated to natural science. It includes the Dreyfuss Planetarium and the Victoria Hall of Science which highlights some of the museum's 70,000 specimen Natural Science Collection.

The museum was organized in 1909 by master Newark librarian John Cotton Dana "to establish in the City of Newark, New Jersey, a museum for the reception and exhibition of articles of art, science, history and technology, and for the encouragement of the study of the arts and sciences." The kernel of the museum was a collection of Japanese prints, silks, and porcelains assembled by a Newark pharmacist.
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