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Metropolitan Museum Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Packard Collection Acquisition

In 1975, The Metropolitan Museum of Art acquired, by gift and purchase, more than 400 works of Japanese art from collector Harry G. C. Packard (1914-1991). This daring acquisition instantly transformed the Museum into an institution with one of the finest collections of its kind in the West, comprised of encyclopedic holdings from the Neolithic period through the 19th century.

IshizaraThe Metropolitan Museum will celebrate the 35th anniversary of the acquisition with the installation Five Thousand Years of Japanese Art: Treasures from the Packard Collection, opening December 17. Featuring more than 220 works, it will showcase the collection’s particular strengths in archaeological artifacts, Buddhist iconographic scrolls, screen paintings of the Momoyama and Edo periods (16th—19th century), and sculptures of the Heian and Kamakura periods (ninth—14th century), as well as a comprehensive selection of ceramics. Some of the works have never been on public display, while others have rarely been shown because of conservation considerations. Highlights will be a pairing of masterpieces by a Kano school master and his son: Old Plum, a set of sliding-door panels by Kano Sansetsu (1589-1651) in the Packard Collection; and One Hundred Boys, a pair of six-fold screens by Kano Einô (1631-1697), which was acquired this year.

The installation is made possible by the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Foundation. The installation is organized by Sinéad Kehoe with the assistance of Joyce Denney, both Assistant Curators, and Masako Watanabe, Senior Research Associate. All are from the Museum’s Asian Art Department.

The installation will be accompanied by a variety of educational programs, including gallery talks and a “Sunday at the Met” lecture program on April 18.

An Audio Guide of the installation will be available for rental ($7, $6 for members, and $5 for children under 12).

The Audio Guide is sponsored by Bloomberg.

Opening dates: December 17, 2009 – June 6, 2010
Location: The Sackler Wing Galleries for the Arts of Japan, 2nd Floor

Image: Ishizara Plate with Design of Human Face. Plate, Japan, Edo period (1615–1868), mid 18th–early 19th century. Stoneware (Seto ware) H. 2 in. (5.1 cm); Diam. 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm) The Harry G. C. Packard Collection of Asian Art, Gift of Harry G. C. Packard, and Purchase, Fletcher, Rogers, Harris Brisbane Dick, and Louis V. Bell Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, and The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, 1975. 1975.268.604