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Asia Society
725 Park Avenue
New York 10021
at 70th Street

(212) 288 6400


Tues–Sun 11am–6pm
Fri until 9pm
(Sept through June)
Free admission, Fri 6–9pm

Dine at Asia Society’s Garden Court Café (11am–3pm daily): Receive 10% discount during Asia Week! Present this brochure for savings; cannot be combined with other discounts

Exhibition: Through April 26, 2020

The Art of Impermanence: Japanese Works from the
John C. Weber Collection and Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection

Impermanence is a pervasive subject in Japanese thought and art. Through masterpieces of calligraphy, painting, sculpture, ceramics, lacquers, and textiles drawn from two of America’s greatest Japanese art collections, this exhibition examines Japan’s unique and nuanced references to transience. Objects span from the Jomon period to the twentieth century. From images which depict the cycle of the four seasons and red Negoro lacquer worn so it reveals the black lacquer beneath, to the gentle sadness evoked in the words of wistfully written poems, the exhibition demonstrates that much of Japan’s greatest art alludes directly or indirectly to the transient nature of life.