In addition to an extensive permanent collection, Chazen Museum of Art is showing “Gifts of the Ebb Tide: The Sea in Japanese Prints” through September 1, 2013. The island nation of has a long history linked to the sea, captured in these fine Japanese prints. The art of Japan comes to life in beautiful and delicate renderings, including ten fish subjects by the acclaimed 19th century artist Utagawa Hiroshige.
"The Shell Book," acquired last year, is the exhibition’s centerpiece, a volume of eight woodcuts displaying exquisite shell artwork and calligraphy accompanied by five-line poems devoted to the sea. On pages encrusted with sparkling mica and gold leaf, this Kitagawa Utamaro collection is considered to be a hallmark of traditional Japanese printing dating from 1789.
A important collection of nearly 4,000 Japanese prints once owned by Frank Lloyd Wright and subsequently acquired by a notable university mathematician, is now housed here as the E.B. Van Vleck Collection.
Other permanent collection highlights from among 20,000 works of art housed in stunning new buildings are early American furniture and rare Wedgwood pieces, a Lalique display, works by Alexander Calder and Georgia O’Keeffe, drawings by Henri Matisse, Raoul Dufy, Charles Dana Gibson, Andy Warhol, and Salvador Dalí.
On Sunday afternoons from September through May, visitors may attend a professional chamber music recital at 12:30 p.m. simultaneously broadcast live for radio. Seat reservations for the auditorium may be booked online in advance of an upcoming trip to Madison. Forty minute docent tours are on offer Sundays at 2 p.m. and Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. Free daily admission is offered to all visitors to the Chazen Museum of Art located at 750 University Avenue on the campus of the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Open daily except Mondays, weekday museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with Thursday late nights until 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday opening time is 11 a.m.