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Release Date: April 20, 2012

National Gallery of Art Will Extend Hours for Exhibition of Itō Jakuchū's Colorful Realm of Living Beings During Final Weekend, April 27-29, 2012

Visitors enjoying Colorful Realm: Japanese Bird-and-Flower Paintings by Itō Jakachū on opening day at the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Photograph by D. Ziska © National Gallery of Art, Washington

Visitors enjoying Colorful Realm: Japanese Bird-and-Flower Paintings by Itō Jakachū on opening day at the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Photograph by D. Ziska © National Gallery of Art, Washington

Visitors enjoying Colorful Realm: Japanese Bird-and-Flower Paintings by Itō Jakachū on opening day at the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Photograph by D. Ziska © National Gallery of Art, Washington (order this press image)

Washington, DC―Due to its exceptional popularity, the landmark exhibition Colorful Realm: Japanese Bird-and-Flower Paintings by Itō Jakuchū at the National Gallery of Art will remain open until 8:00 p.m. during its last weekend, April 27, 28, and 29. The adjacent shop and the Garden Café will also remain open until 8:00 p.m.; the café will seat until 7:30 p.m. and serve the á la carte menu. After 5:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and after 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, all visitors must enter at the Sixth and Constitution Avenue NW entrance of the West Building.

Since it opened to the public on March 30, the show has attracted an average of nearly 7,100 visitors per day. This places it in the top ten exhibitions for daily average attendance, rivaling such renowned Gallery exhibitions as Treasures of Tutenkhamun in 1976 and The Art of Paul Gauguin in 1988, which had average daily attendance figures of approximately 7,100 and 6,500, respectively. As of April 19, the exhibition has been seen by a total of 172,000 people.

The Gallery, which is open free of charge, will not issue passes, but will organize lines when necessary to enable visitors to have a comfortable experience while viewing the Japanese masterpieces.

The Gallery normally closes at 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and 6:00 p.m. on Sundays.

To learn more about the exhibition, visit: http://www.nga.gov/press/exh/3234/index.shtm.

The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, The Imperial Household Agency, and Nikkei Inc., in association with the Embassy of Japan.

The exhibition has been made possible through the generous support of Toyota, Nikkei Inc., Airbus, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, and The Exhibition Circle of the National Gallery of Art. Additional sponsorship from Japan has been provided by Daikin Industries, Ltd., Ito En, Ltd., Mitsubishi Corporation, and Panasonic Corporation. Additional support has been provided by the Asian Cultural Council.

The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

General Information

The National Gallery of Art and its Sculpture Garden are at all times free to the public. They are located on the National Mall between 3rd and 9th Streets at Constitution Avenue NW, and are open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Gallery is closed on December 25 and January 1. The galleries in the East Building will reopen on September 30, 2016. For information call (202) 737-4215 or visit the Gallery's Web site at www.nga.gov. Follow the Gallery on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NationalGalleryofArt, Twitter at www.twitter.com/ngadc, and Instagram at http://instagram.com/ngadc.

Visitors will be asked to present all carried items for inspection upon entering. Checkrooms are free of charge and located at each entrance. Luggage and other oversized bags must be presented at the 4th Street entrances to the East or West Building to permit x-ray screening and must be deposited in the checkrooms at those entrances. For the safety of visitors and the works of art, nothing may be carried into the Gallery on a visitor's back. Any bag or other items that cannot be carried reasonably and safely in some other manner must be left in the checkrooms. Items larger than 17 by 26 inches cannot be accepted by the Gallery or its checkrooms.
 
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