• Sakaki Hyakusen: Two Ladies by a Stream, 18th century (detail); hanging scroll, ink and color with traces of gold on paper; 72 3/4 x 22 1/8 in.; BAMPFA, on long-term loan from a private collection.

Curator's Circle: Hinges Wine & Walkthrough

Open to Curator’s Circle members at the $1,000 level and above 

Join fellow Curator’s Circle members and special guests for a festive reception in Babette followed by an intimate tour of Hinges: Sakaki Hyakusen and the Birth of Nanga Painting with Senior Curator of Asian Art Julia White.


The first U.S. exhibition to focus on the art of Sakaki Hyakusen (1697–1752), the founding father of the Nanga school of painting in Japan, and his relationship to Chinese painting of the Ming and Qing dynasties, Hinges includes 36 paintings drawn from BAMPFA’s permanent collection of Chinese and Japanese paintings, as well as works on loan from major collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Minneapolis Institute of Art.


With works by traditional masters, such as the monumental Waterfall on Mount Lu by Sheng Maoye (c. 1575–1640), as well as later Japanese masters, including Yosa Buson, Ike Taiga, Tokuyama Gyokuran, Matsumura Goshun, and other painters, the exhibition explores the artistic and cross-cultural connections between Japan and China, Hyakusen’s influence on his contemporaries, and the development of the Nanga school. 

Space is limited, and reservations will be taken in the order received. Reserve your spot by contacting Jennifer Sime at 510-643-9632 or jlsime@berkeley.edu.


Organized by BAMPFA’s Senior Curator for Asian Art Julia M. White, Hinges: Sakaki Hyakusen and the Birth of Nanga Painting will be the capstone project in a series of exhibitions commemorating the 100th anniversary of BAMPFA’s Japanese art collection. 


On Saturday, October 5 at 1:00 p.m., Julia White will moderate an exhibition-related colloquium featuring curators Felice Fischer and Richard Pegg and scholar Patricia Graham. The conversation will explore the fascinating relations between Chinese art of the Ming and Qing dynasties and Japanese art of the Edo period, especially Sakaki Hyakusen’s role in the transformation of painting in eighteenth-century Japan.