Looking towards East. Japanese Prints in the Brukenthal National Museum’s Collection. Laurențiu Lupaș PhD Donation


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Exhibition: Looking towards East. Japanese Prints in the Brukenthal National Museum’s Collection. Laurențiu Lupaș PhD Donation

Location: Brukenthal Palace, Prints and Drawings Cabinet, 5, Grand Square

Duration: August 10 – September 25, 2022

Opening: Wednesday, August 10, 2022, 2:00 pm

Curator: Raluca-Georgiana Cobuz

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The present exhibition is displaying for the first time the Japanese Prints Collection in the Brukenthal National Museum. The prints were donated to the Museum in 2018 by Laurențiu Lupaș (1942-2019), a Romanian mathematician and computer engineer, who emigrated in the United States of America in 1980. Over the years, Laurențiu Lupaș aquired a vast humanistic culture and remained attached to Romania and to the region where his ancestors had been born, this explaining why he chose the Brukenthal Museum as a privileged destination for his donation. The current exhibition offers an authentic image of the Japanese art in a time frame extending over four centuries (17th-20th), with major names such as Hiroaki Takahashi (Shōtei), Masanobu Okumura, Kiyomasu Torii, Toyokuni Utagawa, Ando Hiroshige and others, highlighting the Collection of the museum. The works include a wide range of themes from rural or urban landscapes to compositions with figures. This display reveals the long lasting Romanian interest for the Japanese prints, mirroring at the same time the well-refined taste of the donor.