Member Previews—The Five Directions: Lacquer Through East Asia

Member Previews—The Five Directions: Lacquer Through East Asia


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Mon, 12/05/2022 – 14:39

The Five Directions: Lacquer Through East Asia traces the flow of materials and ideas throughout the region. Lacquer, a natural polymer derived from tree sap, was a widely circulated and prized commodity. Stylistic variations set regions apart. Still, the dynamic flow of techniques, materials, and visual vocabularies continued uninterrupted even during times of relative isolationism. Drawing inspiration from a spatial conception where North, South, East, and West are joined by a fifth direction, the Center, the exhibition unpacks the nature of these exchanges—as trade, tribute, and treasure.

Visitors are invited to circumnavigate islands of micro-stories and trace the development of lacquer art as a multi-directional process. With over 80 important works from LACMA’s collection, The Five Directions offers a nuanced rethinking of lacquer in the region, celebrating Japan, Korea, China, and the Ryūkyū kingdom (Okinawa) as meeting points as well as centers in their own right.

Access to Member Previews is a benefit of membership and as such is restricted to LACMA members only. Children accompanied by LACMA members are welcome in Member Preview galleries, but please note that discounted guest tickets purchased by members do not grant guests admission to Member Preview galleries.

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Member Previews—The Five-Directions
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For LACMA members only 

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Resnick Pavilion
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On Sale
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The Five Directions
Fri, 12/16/2022 – 11:00
-Fri, 12/16/2022 – 20:00
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Wed, 10/20/2021 – 10:00
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Credit line – Left column

Image credit: Pair of Pillows with Baku Design, c. 1800, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of Sue Tsao, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA

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Tier 3
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