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Japanese Lacquer in the West: From Fantasy to Materials Science
Date: Thursday April 23, 2009, at 7 pm
Location: Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center
Admission: Free. Reservation required

Joe Earle, director of the Japan Society Gallery in New York, traces the journeys taken by the Mazarin Chest and the Van Diemen box—the most important Japanese works of art to have entered Europe before the modern age—from Oriental curiosities to objects of intense international research. Complements the exhibition Tales in Sprinkled Gold: Japanese Lacquer for European Collectors.