Saturday, April 11, 2015

Timely Japanese Screens at the Freer

Where: Freer Gallery of Art

When: through September 7, 2015

If the crowds around the Tidal Basin are a bit too much for you at this time of the year, you can get a cherry blossom fix at the Freer (although it was plenty busy yesterday when I was there).  This exhibit of Japanese screens features two with cherry blossom motifs.  Perhaps not quite as lovely as being outside in good weather (which we certainly deserve here in the DC area, after our unpleasant winter), but they are charming, even if they are indoors.

The screens combine beauty and practicality, which appeals to me very much.  Not only do they serve to divide rooms, they also bring art into a room at the same time.  You can fold them to make them larger or smaller as needed, and each position makes a different piece of art.

In addition to the cherry blossoms, there are also birds and other flowers represented here - a feast for the eyes.  Add to that a springtime walk to and from the museum, and you have a wonderful way to spend a lunch hour.

Verdict: Another relaxing trip to the Freer, even if the crowds were larger than usual.

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