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The CLRC Loans: Japan

By March 5, 2018May 13th, 2021The Kerlan Blog

I am going to Tokyo at the end of the March to speak about Virginia Lee Burton and her works in conjunction an exhibit developed by Takenaka Corporation Gallery A4 in Tokyo. 

This special exhibition focusing on The Little House, other books by Virginia Lee Burton and her work as a Folly Cove Designer opened at the Takenaka Corporation Gallery A4 in Tokyo in June and will remain on display through early August. The exhibition features original artwork and archival materials from the collection of the Cape Ann Museum, the Sawyer Free Library, the University of Minnesota, and from the Burton–Demetrios family. It also includes a scale model of Little House, constructed in Tokyo especially for this project. The exhibition was organized by Michiyo Okabe, curator of Gallery A4.

Kerlan Friends know that that the Children’s Literature Research Collections’ Kerlan Collection is one of the leading repositories of original illustrations, process art, manuscripts, and first editions of children’s book writers and illustrators. What many do not know is that in addition to loaning materials to publishers to reimage for new editions (most recently Tomi DePaola’s Strega Nona) we also loan our treasures to educational institutions, museums, and libraries that wish to include these works in exhibitions.

The materials are carefully packed and shipped by professional art handlers, and sometimes hand-carried by courier. In the past year the art from Betsy Bowen’s The Troll with No Heart in His Body was on display as part of an exhibit at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, Don Freeman’s Earl the Squirrel traveled to the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, and art from José Aruego and Ariane Dewey’s Leo the Late Bloomer and Byron Barton’s cover art for Good Morning, Chick, written by Mirra Ginsberg, enjoyed a stay at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Museum of Decorative Arts) in Paris, France.

Little House art being displayed in Japan

The University of Minnesota loans works to institutions for exhibits and to publishers for reimagining. More information about this program can be found in the Kerlan Newsletter.


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