Beyond the Divide: Merchant, Artist, Samurai in Edo Japan
On view through November 8, 2020 and Virtual tour
Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Salt Lake City, Utah

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) has extended the run of “Beyond the Divide: Merchant, Artist, Samurai in Edo Japan,” a popular exhibition drawn from the Museum’s collection of Japanese art.

Experience Edo-period Japan and its beautiful scrolls, screen dividers, sculpture, prints, and samurai armor and weapons from the UMFA’s vibrant collection of Japanese art. Edo artists filled residences of elite samurai and rising merchant classes alike with artworks that fused old and new inspiration, effectively defining this storied era (1603–1868). Such objects were typically hidden from public view behind decorated screen dividers—called byobu—in private homes during this time. Beyond the Divide is the first major presentation of Japanese objects from the UMFA’s collection in more than a decade.

Watch a virtual tour, led by curator Luke Kelly:

Image credit: Kano School (Japanese) The Kiyomizu Temple, Edo period circa 1825, Japanese ink, gouache, paper, wood, silk, gold leaf, 67 in; open: 150 x 3/4 in; closed: 25 1/8 x 4 1/2 in, Purchased with funds from the Marriner S. Eccles Foundation for the Marriner S. Eccles Collection of Masterworks, UMFA1980.045_A.