Past Exhibitions

Feature Exhibition; Early Birds: Celebrating the Year of the Rooster
December 13, 2016 - January 15, 2017

2017 is the Year of the Rooster according to the twelve-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. The rooster, which signals the break of day, has traditionally been associated with the sun, believed to chase away darkness and evil with its crowing. But roosters and chickens are only some of the many, varied representations of avian creatures featured in this exhibition. The theme of “birds and flowers” is in fact one of the most popular subject matters in East Asian art. Start the 2017 New Year off right by “catching the worm” with an early visit to the Kyoto National Museum, and surround yourself with the exquisite and diverse images of birds in Japanese and East Asian art.

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