The Final Exhibition of the Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts In Pursuit of Happiness: Favorite Works from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The Final Exhibition of the Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts
In Pursuit of Happiness: Favorite Works from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

4F Boston Gallery 5F Open Gallery
July 24th (Tue), 2018 – October 8th (Mon), 2018

What is happiness? ――The answer to this question differs from person to person, depending on their national and cultural values, as well as their personal concerns as an individual. Nevertheless, people in all periods of history and in every country have sought happiness. This exhibition showcases a wide range of works by both Western and Eastern artists, depicting people pursuing happiness in many different ways. The exhibits comprise both familiar works that have already been displayed at previous exhibitions and the works that have never before been shown at the Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts. The special highlight is a painting in ink on paper titled The Four Accomplishments, by Soga Shôhaku. The artist depicts characteristic figures in his unique style of spontaneous and fluid brush strokes. Although the work has been kept in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in the form of a folding screen, it will be presented in its original state as fusuma (sliding doors) for its first exhibition in Japan.

Soga Shôhaku, The Four Accomplishments, Edo period, about 1760
Fenollosa-Weld Collection, 11.4511.1-3, 11.4512.1-6 Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

As the organizers of this exhibition, we hope that it offers visitors a great opportunity to ponder their own happiness while viewing various works representing the joys of daily life, Shangri-la (Utopia) as envisioned by Bostonians a century ago, and the expression of happiness in contemporary art.

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