New York | Japanese Bamboo Art at the MET – Metropolitan Museum of Art
By FEDERICA LUSIARDI - August 11, 2017
From June 13, the MET – Metropolitan Museum of Art presents “Japanese Bamboo Art: The Abbey Collection”.
cover: Honma Hideaki. Flowing Pattern, 2014. Japanese timber bamboo, dwarf bamboo, and rattan. Promised Gift of Diane and Arthur Abbey.
Devoted to masterworks of Japanese bamboo art – including award-winning works by six artists who were designated as Living National Treasures – the exhibition features more than 90 works dating from the late 19th century to the present.
left: Maeda Chikubōsai Ⅰ, (Japanese, 1872-1950), Flower basket (hanakago), Shōwa period (1926-1989) ca. late 1940s. Madake Bamboo, Rattan, and laquer. Promised gift of Diane and Arthur Abbey.
right: Yamamoto Chikuryusai I (Japanese,1868-1945) Flower basket (Tamasudare-ami Hanakago) Shōwa period (1926-1989), first half of 20th century, Madake Bamboo, Rattan, and laquer. Promised gift of Diane and Arthur Abbey
Japanese Bamboo Art: The Abbey Collection explore the refined beauty and technical sophistication of Japanese bamboo, which has been little known in the West until recent years.
Opening with a monumental bamboo sculpture by Tanabe Chikuunsai IV (b. 1973) – a site-specific installation created for The Met – the exhibition highlights key stages in the modern history of Japanese bamboo art while introducing the main lineages of bamboo masters and showing the emergence of a contemporary bamboo art.
The Diane and Arthur Abbey Collection is one of the finest assemblages of Japanese baskets and bamboo sculpture in private hands. The majority of the works have never before been presented to the public, and more than 70 are recent promised gifts to The Met.
Japanese Bamboo Art: The Abbey Collection
June 13, 2017 / February 4, 2018
The Met Fifth Avenue
Galleries 224–232 Arts of Japan, The Sackler Wing Galleries