This video features highlights from the press preview for the once-in-a-lifetime exhibition of Itō Jakuchū's entire set of thirty 18th-century scrolls, on view for the first time outside of Japan. Called "Colorful Realm of Living Beings," it is on view only at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, from March 30 through April 29, 2012.
This Edo masterpiece, on loan from The Imperial Household Agency, is widely considered to the most important and remarkable ensemble of bird-and-flower paintings ever created in the history of Japan, possibly in all of East Asia. It is joined by Jakuchū's "Śākyamuni Triptych" from the Shōkokuji Monastery, Kyoto.
The occasion for this landmark exhibition is the centennial celebration of the gift of cherry trees from Japan and their first planting in the nation's capital in 1912. To learn more please visit: http://www.nga.gov/jakuchu
Google images of the exhibition
Fabulous! Fabulous! Too bad I can't be there