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Exhibition Preview: Reeds and Geese: Japanese Art from the Collection of George Gund III

CMA's next special exhibition Reeds and Geese: Japanese Art from the Collection of George Gund III opens this Sun, 5/21!

Zen monks, tea masters, shoguns, industrialists, collectors, and connoisseurs come together through the Japanese art collection bequeathed to the museum by George Gund III. Reeds and Geese: Japanese Art from the Collection of George Gund III  will be the first time a major selection of works from this collection will be on view since 2000.

A highlight is the exceptionally rare early Japanese ink painting Reeds and Geese inscribed by Chinese émigré monk Yishan Yining between 1314 and 1317 as well as other ink paintings and ceramics associated with tea culture. Beginning in the 1200s Chinese Chan (Zen) Buddhist monks brought calligraphy, poetry, ink paintings, and aesthetically compelling, useful objects to Japan, transforming the Japanese visual landscape in ways that still impact Japanese culture today.

See works from the show below!


Reeds and Geese, c. 1314–17. Inscription by Yishan Yining (Chinese, 1247–1317). Japan, Kamakura period (1185–1333). Hanging scroll, ink on paper; mounted: 158.5 x 42.2 cm; painting: 80.4 x 32.2 cm. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift from the Collection of George Gund III 2015.464.


Chinese Literatus in an Autumn Landscape, late 1400s. Josui Sōen (Japanese, active about 1489–1500). Japan, Muromachi period (1392–1573). Hanging scroll, ink on paper; mounted: 111 x 56.2 cm; painting: 29.8 x 44.5 cm. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift from the Collection of George Gund III 2015.467.


Landscape, 1500s. Japan, Muromachi period (1392–1573). Six-panel folding screen, ink on paper; framed: 145.5 x 366.8 cm; painting: 129.5 x 350.8 cm. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift from the Collection of George Gund III 2015.483.


Pan Lang, mid-1500s.Shikibu Terutada (Japanese, active mid-1500s). Japan, Muromachi period (1392–1573). Fan-shaped paintings mounted as a hanging scrolls, ink and gold on paper; mounted: 99.4 x 65.5 cm; painting: 25 x 50 cm. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift from the Collection of George Gund III 2015.591.


Landscape, mid-1500s. Kano Motonobu (Japanese, about 1476–1559), inscription by Gesshū Jukei (Japanese, 1470–1533). Japan, Muromachi period (1392–1573). Hanging scroll, ink on paper; mounted: 104.7 x 48.9 cm; painting: 22.2 x 37.7 cm. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift from the Collection of George Gund III 2015.518.
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