Starting October 26, 2023, and running until February 22, 2024, Milan’s Fondazione Prada is presenting “Paraventi: Folding Screens from the 17th to 21st Centuries.” The exhibition delves into the intricate history and significance of folding screens, highlighting their role as a symbol of East meets West. These screens serve as unique connectors, merging different forms of artistic expression.
Often regarded as boundary blenders, folding screens seamlessly fuse varied cultural and artistic genres, similar to DJs blending music tracks. This global celebration of folding screens is not confined to Milan. Concurrent exhibitions are also being held in Shanghai and Tokyo. In Shanghai, visitors can marvel at historic 17th and 18th-century Chinese folding screens, juxtaposed with contemporary pieces by artists including Tony Cokes, John Stezaker, Shuang Li, Wu Tsang, and Cao Fei, illustrating a harmonious blend of tradition and modernity.
Meanwhile, Tokyo offers a special treat with contributions from pop art icon Keiichi Tanaami, who unveils an exclusive piece for Prada Aoyama. Additionally, the exhibit showcases a six-panel artwork, “Plum, Bamboo, and Mynah Birds,” crafted by 16th-century Japanese artist Terutada Shikibu. These displays capture the essence of timelessness and innovation. Whether you find yourself in Milan, Shanghai, or Tokyo, the “Paraventi” exhibition promises a compelling fusion of art and folding screens.