Frank Feltens. Exhibition Review: 'Japanese Masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston'
On view at the Tokyo National Museum, ‘Japanese Masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’ (until 10 June) forms a remarkable climax to a series of homecoming exhibitions held at major Japanese institutions in recent years. The show commemorates the products of an extensive five-year joint Japanese-American conservation project. The roughly ninety works on display encompass a wide variety of objects illustrating the pioneering role and the legacy of Boston’s most fervent advocates of Japanese art: William Sturgis Bigelow (1850-1926), Ernest Fenollosa (1853-1908) and Okakura Tenshin (1863-1913).