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Reeds and Geese (detail), 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.

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

Sunday, May 21–Sunday, September 3, 2017
Location: The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Exhibition Gallery

About The Exhibition

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 is the first time a major selection of works from this collection is 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.

The exhibition is made possible in part by a generous grant from the George Gund Foundation.