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'National Treasure Irises Screens: A Legacy of Poetic Allusion'

NEZU MUSEUM

by Megan Green

April 13-May 15

Japanese poetry and painting has a long historical relationship, with paintings such as uta-e (poem pictures) pictoralizing poems and genji-e (Genji pictures) illustrating sections of Murasaki Shikibu’s 11th-century “The Tale of Genji.”

This exhibition presents a selection of visual works related to waka (Japanese poetry) and showcases the national treasure “Irises Screens,” Ogata Korin’s most renowned painting. The irises are believed to be part of the illustration of “The Tales of Ise,” a classical narrative poem. Also on display, will be other works from the museum’s collection and, on loan, a Muromachi Period (1392-1573) set of three scrolls that also illustrate “The Tales of Ise.”

Nezu Museum; 6-5-1 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo. Omotesando Stn. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥1,300. Closed Mon. 03-3400-2536; www.nezu-muse.or.jp

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