Friday October 20

Japan Society

6-9pm | Opening Party

Launch Party for Hiroshi Sugimoto: Gates of Paradise Escape East @ 333

In celebration of Japan Society’s 110th anniversary, Hiroshi Sugimoto: Gates of Paradise charts the story of four Japanese boys, swept up in a tide of religion, commerce and politics during the first Global Age, who were sent as emissaries to the princely and papal courts of Europe. Journey in their footsteps to see the world they saw through Sugimoto’s monumental photographs of sites that they visited, including the world premiere of the artist’s latest series which focuses on the eponymous “Gates” by Lorenzo Ghiberti (d. 1455) in Florence. Navigate the germination of cultural exchange between East and West with classical masterpieces of visually hybrid (nanban) art, including must-see Important Cultural Properties from Japanese collections. With free gallery admission, music, snacks, and drink specials.
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333 E 47th St (1st & 2nd Ave.)

Above: Hiroshi Sugimoto (b. 1948), Red and White Plum Blossoms Under Moonlight (diptych), 2014. Platinum and palladium print. Odawara Art Foundation. © Hiroshi Sugimoto.