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Art Institute of Chicago amazing exhibition of Japanese folding screens
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Art Institute of Chicago amazing exhibition of Japanese folding screens

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Not something you would normally think of, but the new display at the Art Institute of Chicago is getting raves.

‘Beyond Golden Clouds” is a show at the Art Institute of Chicago that will bring you to your knees—or, more precisely, to a crouch. Not immediately, however. First you need to savor the presentation of 23 Japanese folding screens while standing, just as their original users would have encountered them upon entering a room. Selected from the collections of the Art Institute and the Saint Louis Museum of Art, the screens span more than 450 years of a genre that Japanese artists adopted from China (either directly or through Korea) in the eighth century and that continues to thrive and evolve both in style and usage. Because of their fragility, nine screens will be exchanged with comparable works midway through the show. – From WSJ



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