Museum to Display Japanese Art from Ellison’s Collection

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“Auspicious Pine, Bamboo, Plum, Crane and Turtles,” Edo period (1615-1868), ca. 1630-1650, by Kano Sansetsu (1590-1651). One of a pair of six-panel folding screens. Ink and colors on gold. Larry Ellison Collection.

SAN FRANCISCO — Next summer, as the America’s Cup Challenger Series takes to San Francisco Bay, the Asian Art Museum will feature an exhibition of Japanese art from the rarely seen collection of Larry Ellison, Oracle CEO and owner of ORACLE TEAM USA, defender of the 2013 America’s Cup.

“Tigers” (detail), 1779, by Maruyama Okyo (1733-1795). One of a pair of hanging scrolls; ink and light colors on paper. Larry Ellison Collection.

“In the Moment: Japanese Art from the Larry Ellison Collection” will introduce approximately 80 exceptional artworks spanning 1,300 years. The exhibition explores the dynamic nature of art selection and display in traditional Japanese settings, where artworks are often temporarily presented in response to a special occasion or to reflect the change of seasons.

“In the Moment” also considers Ellison’s active involvement in displaying art in his Japanese-style home, shedding light on his appreciation for Japan’s art and culture.

Included in the exhibition are significant works by noted artists of the Momoyama (1573–1615) and Edo (1615–1868) periods along with other important examples of religious art, lacquer, woodwork, and metalwork. Highlights include a 13th–14th century wooden sculpture of Shotoku Taishi; six-panel folding screens dating to the 17th century by Kano Sansetsu; and 18th-century paintings by acclaimed masters Maruyama Okyo and Ito Jakuchu.

“This exhibition offers a rare glimpse of an extraordinary collection,” said Jay Xu, director of the Asian Art Museum. “We aim to present it in a fresh and original way that explores traditional Japanese principles governing the relationship of art to our surroundings and social relationships.”

The exhibition is organized by the Asian Art Museum and curated by Dr. Laura Allen, the museum’s curator of Japanese art, and Melissa Rinne, associate curator of Japanese art, in consultation with Ellison’s curator, Dr. Emily Sano, former director of the museum.

The exhibition is on view June 28 through Sept. 22, 2013. The Asian Art Museum will serve as the only venue for the exhibition.

For more information visit www.asianart.org.

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