Hinges: Sakaki Hyakusen and the Birth of Nanga Painting

October 2, 2019–February 2, 2020

The first US exhibition focused on Sakaki Hyakusen, the founding father of the Nanga school of painting in Japan, this presentation reveals his pivotal role in the history of eighteenth-century Japanese art and highlights the conservation of his masterpiece Mountain Landscape.

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  • 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.

  • Sakaki Hyakusen: Mountain Landscape, 18th century (detail); pair of six-fold screens (1 of 2); ink and silver on gold; 66 ¾ x 143 ⅜ in. (each); BAMPFA, gift of James Cahill. Photo: Jonathan Bloom.

  • Sakaki Hyakusen: Mountain Landscape, 18th century (detail); pair of six-fold screens (2 of 2); ink and silver on gold; 66 ¾ x 143 ⅜ in. (each); BAMPFA, gift of James Cahill. Photo: Jonathan Bloom.

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  • Selected Sundays

    Guided Tours: Hinges

    Join a guided tour of Hinges and discover Sakaki Hyakusen’s transformative contribution to the art of eighteenth-century Japan.

  • Saturday, October 5, 1 PM

    Colloquium: Sakaki Hyakusen and the Birth of Nanga Painting

    Complementing Hinges: Sakaki Hyakusen and the Birth of Nanga Painting, this colloquium explores the fascinating relations between Chinese art of the Ming and Qing dynasties and Japanese art of the Edo period, especially Hyakusen’s role in the transformation of painting in eighteenth-century Japan.

  • Wednesday, October 2, 12 PM

    Curator’s Talk: Julia White on Sakaki Hyakusen

    Exhibition curator Julia White introduces the first US exhibition focused on the art of Sakaki Hyakusen, the founding father of the Nanga school of painting in Japan.