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Tuesday, 10 February 2015 12:43

The Met Showcases Masterpieces from Its Japanese Art Collection

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Wikimedia Commons

In 1881, a year after opening its building on Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, the Metropolitan Museum of Art received its first official bequest of Japanese art: a collection formed by Stephen Whitney Phoenix, scion of a New York merchant and political family. The Met has since amassed a world-class Japanese collection. That story will be told in “Discovering Japanese Art: American Collectors and the Met,” which opened at the museum on Saturday.

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