Hiroshi Sugimoto: Gates of Paradise
First Rotation: Through November 17, 2017
Second Rotation: November 21, 2017—January 7, 2018

This fall, explore one of the earliest, and largely unknown, encounters between Japan and the West in the 16th century, as seen through the eyes of artist Hiroshi Sugimoto. In celebration of Japan Society's 110th anniversary, Hiroshi Sugimoto: Gates of Paradise charts the story of four Japanese boys, who were swept up in the tide of religion, commerce and politics during the first Global Age and sent to the princely and papal courts of Europe. Journey in their footsteps through Sugimoto's new monumental photographs of the sites they visited, and navigate the germination of cultural exchange between East and West with classical masterpieces of visually hybrid (nanban) art from Japanese and American collections.

Tickets can be purchased in-person at the Welcome Desk or online in advance.

Exhibition-Related Programming

Image-in-Focus Series

Cap off your weekend at Japan Society Gallery with these energetic, 30-minute conversations with emerging scholars and other specialists. Drop by to hear their unique perspectives on select highlights from Hiroshi Sugimoto: Gates of Paradise.

Exhibition Catalogue

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Gates of Paradise CatalogueGet the Hiroshi Sugimoto: Gates of Paradise catalogue at our official online store. In this gorgeous, 216 page hardcover book, the famed Japanese photographer turns his lens on Italy’s architectural masterworks to create a meditation on the potential of cultural exchange and the possibility of cultural fusion. Catalogues are also available for purchase in-person at the Japan Society Welcome Desk.

Selected Works

Audio Tour

Listen to the audio tour of Japan Society's fall exhibition, Hiroshi Sugimoto: Gates of Paradise, on view through January 7, 2018. Narration by Michael Chagnon, Ph.D., Curator of Exhibition Interpretation, with a special introduction by Hiroshi Sugimoto. Hear the full audio tour here.


Gates of Paradise - Exhibition Preview

Hiroshi Sugimoto on Gates of Paradise – Part 1

Hiroshi Sugimoto on Gates of Paradise – Part 2

Visitor Information

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday—Thursday, 12 PM—7 PM
Friday, 12 PM—9 PM
Saturday, 11 AM—9 PM
Sunday, 11 AM—5 PM
Closed Mondays and on major holidays.

Single Visit: $12/$10 students and seniors
Both Rotations: $20/$16 students and seniors
Free for Japan Society members (Join today!)
Free admission on Fridays from 6—9 PM.
  Group Tours:
Tailored private tours for organizations and school groups are available upon request. To arrange tours please call (212) 715-1224.
Two weeks advance request recommended.

Docent Tours:
Tuesday—Saturday at 2:30 PM, Friday at 7 PM
Japanese Language Tour, Friday at 6 PM
Free with gallery admission.

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Gates of Paradise is generously supported by the Guild of the Dome Association, the W.L.S. Spencer Foundation, The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Japan Foundation, Toshiba International Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.

Transportation assistance is provided by Japan Airlines, the exclusive Japanese airline sponsor, and American Airlines, the exclusive American airline sponsor.

Exhibitions and Arts & Culture Lecture Programs at Japan Society are made possible in part by the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Endowment Fund, the Mary Griggs Burke Endowment Fund established by the Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Foundation, Chris A. Wachenheim, and Friends of the Gallery. Additional support for Japan Society’s Gallery is provided by Mrs. Jane B. DeBevoise, Laurel Gonsalves, and Miyeko Murase. Support for Arts & Culture Lecture Programs is provided, in part, by the Sandy Heck Lecture Fund.

Hiroshi Sugimoto (b. 1948), Staircase at Villa Farnese II, Caprarola, 2016, Gelatin Silver Print, 58.7 x 47 in (149.2 x 119.4 cm) © Hiroshi Sugimoto

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