Exhibit explores ‘Grandeur of Japanese Screens’

The Yale University Art Gallery is hosting a special exhibition of Japanese folding screens, or “byobu,” from the 16th century to the present.

The show, “Byobu: The Grandeur of Japanese Screens,” will be presented in three successive installations over the next six months and includes some of the gallery’s most prized screens as well as works from private collections.

“Tales of Poems in Byobu” (Feb. 7–Mar. 23) features subjects of Japanese poems of fictional and historical tales. “Brush and Ink in Byobu” (Mar. 25–May 11) highlights the skills of artists trained in calligraphy. The third and final installation, “Nature and Celebration in Byobu” (May 13–Jul. 6), celebrates the beauty of nature and the festivities of Japanese people.

The gallery, located at 1111 Chapel St. (at York Street), is free and open to the public. For more information visit artgallery.yale.edu.

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