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Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920–1945

February 24, 2016–May 21, 2017 (Member Preview February 23)

Deco Japan is the first exhibition held outside of Tokyo dedicated to Japanese Art Deco. This exhibition provides dramatic examples of the spectacular craftsmanship and sophisticated design long associated with Japan and conveys the complex social and cultural tensions during the Taishō and early Shōwa periods (1912-1945). In these pre-war and war eras, artists and patrons created a Japanese modernism that signaled simultaneously the nation’s unique history and cosmopolitanism. The vitality of the era is further expressed through the theme of moga, or modern girl, the emblem of contemporary urban chic that flowered along with the Art Deco style in the 1920s and 1930s. Deco Japan includes nearly 200 works from the Levenson Collection, the world’s premier collection of Japanese art in the Deco style, including spectacular examples of metalwork, ceramics, lacquer, glass, furniture, jewelry, textiles, graphic design, painting, and printmaking.


Satomi Munetsugu, Poster for Japanese Government Railways, 1937

Building a Legacy: Gifts from the Mary Griggs Burke Collection

June 9–September 17 (Member Preview June 8)

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, the museum will present highlights from the recent gift of Japanese art from the renowned Mary Griggs Burke Collection. A longtime friend and patron of the Morikami, Mary Griggs Burke personally selected and loaned masterworks from her extensive collection for the Morikami’s inaugural exhibit in the newly constructed galleries in 1993. In homage to Mary and Jackson Burke and forty years of support, the museum will showcase more than sixty works of art – including paintings, prints, ceramics, lacquer ware and textiles -that reveal the range and quality of this distinguished collection.


Scene from Utsusemi (Tale of Genji), folding screen (byoubu), 18th c.