The Met Receives Significant Gift of 18 Exceptional Contemporary Metalworks by Japanese Artists

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Press

The works will debut in Japan: A History of Style, a yearlong exhibition opening March 8, 2021

(New York, March 4, 2021)—The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today a gift from Hayashi Kaoru of 18 exceptional metalworks by Japanese contemporary artists. The gift, part of The Met’s 2020 Collections Initiative celebrating the Museum’s 150th anniversary, significantly broadens the scope of The Met’s Japanese decorative arts collection. The works will be displayed alongside other transformative acquisitions of the past decade in Japan: A History of Style—a yearlong exhibition opening March 8, 2021—marking the first time a group of contemporary metalworks will be on view in the Arts of Japan, The Sackler Wing Galleries. (The 18 metalworks will be featured in two rotations, with the changeover taking place in August 2021.)

“We are extremely grateful to Hayashi Kaoru for this generous gift, which considerably enriches and expands the Museum's world-class holdings of Japanese art,” said Max Hollein, Marina Kellen French Director of The Met. “This exciting group of objects provides a perfect introduction to contemporary Japanese metal art, bringing together tradition and modernity through the exquisite works of 18 leading artists.” Read more... 

March 5, 2021