Paintings Created as Sets

The Nezu Museum

poster for Paintings Created as Sets

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Paintings created in the form of sets are common in East Asian painting. Examples include sets of hanging scrolls, most commonly diptychs or triptychs, and pairs of folding screens, made of left- and right-hand screens. With sets of hanging scrolls, the group can be appreciated as a whole, the individual scrolls can be enjoyed separately, and they can be recombined in a differed order for yet another effect. That is why, in the course of handing down these works of art, what had started as a set of four scrolls might be divided into two sets of two and why works created separately may be combined to form new sets.
This exhibition explores the fascination of paintings as sets from many perspectives, including the connectivity and individuality of each painting, sets’ intriguing contrasts, and their integration. As you savor them, please note that, like paintings, the sword fittings on display also have sets of designs.



from January 09, 2020 to February 11, 2020



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