A country blessed with water and lush greenery, as well as rich scenery enfolded with wildflowers that change with the seasons, has cultivated a unique Japanese perspective on nature and society as well as influenced its culture and traditions, as seen in the Japanese term kachofugetsu or ‘beauty of nature’. This theme of ‘beauty in nature’ is still a major theme in modern Japanese painting, and there are many paintings of birds and flowers and landscapes. The images of the flowers and greenery that are expressed through the eyes and hearts of the various artists are a symbol of the Japanese spirit.
The ‘International Garden and Greenery Exhibition’ held in Osaka in 1990 featuring the ‘Exhibition of Japanese Flower and Greenery Paintings’ from 50 of Japan’s representative painters such as Higashiyama Kai, Ogura Yuki, and Kayama Matazo attracted a lot of attention and discussion. This current exhibit, with the collaboration of the Sato Gallery Collection which owns the pieces from that exhibition, aims to introduce the world of the ‘beauty of nature’ that continues to enthrall us despite the passing of time, starting with the painters who formed the backbone of Japanese painting in the Showa era and progressing to the geniuses of the Heisei era whose future activities are highly anticipated.
Period: April 14th to May 27th, 2012
Location: Tenshin Memorial Art Museum, Ibaraki
Hours of Operation: 9:30am to 5pm (last entry at 4:30pm, closed on Mondays)
Admission: Adults…600yen, High school/University…400yen, Junior high and under…200yen. (junior high and under free on Saturdays)
Gallery Talk with the Curator:
May 13th, 1:30 to 2:30pm.