Small installations at major museums are often overlooked for the blockbuster. However, more often than not, the more concise exhibitions reveal collections gems.

Opening tomorrow, 5,000 Years of Japanese Art: Treasures from the Packard Collection celebrates the 35th anniversary of the Metropolitan Museum’s groundbreaking acquisition of Harry Packard’s Japanese Art. The comprehensive holdings instantly transformed the MET into one of the leading collectors of Japanese art in the west. Packard’s collection included over four hundred scrolls, drawings, and sculptures, covering the neolithic period through to the 19th-century. The exhibition pairs Packard’s collection with more recent acquisitions, making it a full representation of the MET’s interest in Japanese Art.

Highlights included The Old Plumb, ca. 1685 (seen above), by Kano Sansetsu.

On view through June 6, 2010 at the MET.

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