A Giant Leap: The Transformation of Hasegawa Tōhaku
First Rotation: March 9—April 8, 2018
Second Rotation: April 12—May 6, 2018

This special exhibition focuses on the life and legacy of Hasegawa Tōhaku (1539-1610), founder of the Hasegawa school of painting and one of 16th-century Japan's leading artistic innovators. As the first ever exhibition in the U.S. dedicated to Tōhaku, A Giant Leap traces the artist's evolution from a provincial painter of Buddhist subjects to a master favored by shogun, samurai, and other cultural luminaries. Vibrantly painted screens and scrolls, including Important Cultural Properties, illustrate Tōhaku's dramatic transformation. Steep yourself in the Golden Age of Japanese art and revel in Tōhaku's most sumptuous and atmospheric masterpieces in this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition.
A Giant Leap: The Transformation of Hasegawa Tōhaku is supported by Tsuneko and Shoji Sadao, Dian Woodner, Jane and Raphael Bernstein, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD., Yuko Hosomi and Koichi Yanagi, and The Ellen Bayard Weedon 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. Support for Arts & Culture Lecture Programs is provided, in part, by the Sandy Heck Lecture Fund.

Hasegawa Tōhaku (Nobuharu), Flowers and Birds of Spring and Summer, ca. 1582 (detail). Six-panel folding screen; ink, color, and gold on paper. Private collection, New York.

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