Japanese Art

The Japanese have a strong sense of cultural identity based on an ancient history rich in tradition. Over the centuries borrowed elements from China, Korea, and more recently Europe and the United States, have combined with distinct native preference to produce art forms that are unique to Japan.

Seasonal themes, asymmetrical compositions, and a sense of the fragile nature of life are common threads that run throughout Japanese art. The Museum has a broad collection of paintings, sculpture, ceramics, prints and decorative arts that all share in this common poetic sensibility. Prints and paintings are rotated at least four times each year, while ceramics and lacquer ware are changed periodically to show the considerable depth of this part of the collection.