The Norton Simon Museum presents Lessons of the Cherry Blossom: Japanese Woodblock Prints, in celebration of the centennial anniversary gift of 3,000 cherry blossom trees from Tokyo, Japan, to Washington, DC. The exhibition features 16 prints from the Museum’s permanent collection, several of which have not been on view before, including three rare sets of uncut double prints by Utagawa Hiroshige and works by Totoya Hokkei and Chōbunsai Eishi. Two prints from Katsushika Hokusai’s Rare Views of Famous Bridges series, which have been in storage for over 30 years, are also being exhibited. Lessons of the Cherry Blossom explores themes of the four seasons, life’s ephemerality and “meisho,” or famous places, during the Edo Period (1615-1868).
- April 20, 2012
- September 3, 2012
- Free with museum admission
- Norton Simon Museum of Art
- 411 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA, United States, 91103