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Currently on display 

From Beyond the stars: innovation and inspiration in meiji japanese art

August 29–December 16, 2017

"From Beyond the Stars: Innovation and Inspiration in Meiji Japanese Art," explores some of the major new developments that occurred in Japanese art during the Meiji period (1868-1912) and reveals how art contributed to the larger political, social and economic changes that transformed Japan into a modern world power at that time.

The exhibit features 66 works of art spanning a wide range of media, from paintings, prints and photographs to ceramics, enamels, metalworks and textiles. The artworks come from the Kruizenga Art Museum collection and a consortium of private collections in California.

"Pheonix Vase" by Makuzu Kozan
As a teaching museum, the Kruizenga Art Museum strives to be a center for curiosity, inspiration and cultural exploration. By displaying artworks from a wide range of cultures and historical periods, the museum aims to foster the qualities of empathy, tolerance and understanding in all of our visitors.

Thanks to the generosity of our patrons, the Kruizenga Museum’s collection is constantly growing. In an increasingly diverse and global age, it is important for the Kruizenga to collect and exhibit images and objects that can help tell as many different stories as possible. The Kruizenga Museum collection reflects patterns of cross-cultural exchange that in some cases are centuries old and yet continue to shape our world today. We welcome you to explore this exhibition with an open mind. The exhibition was not designed to be seen in a certain sequence and we encourage you to draw your own connections between the artworks. If you have any comments or questions about the exhibition or the Kruizenga Museum collection, please contact a museum staff member. Learn about past exhibitions

About our exhibitions

The Kruizenga Art Museum galleries are typically installed with a mix of temporary exhibitions and permanent collection displays. These exhibitions and displays are planned to complement course offerings in the college’s academic curriculum and usually change, partially or completely, at the beginning of each semester.

The museum’s exhibitions are further augmented by lectures, artist demonstrations, film series, musical concerts, dance and theater performances and other relevant educational programs. An endowment gift from Holland residents Dave and Jane Armstrong provides funding for at least one exhibition-related lecture every year, while other programs are made possible through annual gifts and campus partnerships.