Pre­sent­ing the New Ja­pan

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The Meiji era in Ja­pan—which cov­ers the reign of Em­peror Meiji af­ter 1868, un­til 1912—was a time of great change: a na­tional trans­for­ma­tion away from feu­dal iso­la­tion to­wards moder­nity. This fas­ci­nat­ing in­stal­la­tion at the MFA ex­am­ines that pe­riod of up­heaval through its art, prin­ci­pally the lac­quer­ware, scrolls and screens of Shi­bata Zeshin, whose po­si­tion strad­dling two cul­tures in­vited the ac­cu­sa­tions that he was both too mod­ern and too con­ser­va­tive. 465 Hunt­ing­ton Ave., 617.267.9300

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