Iizuka, Masters of Japanese Bamboo art
From 8 October to 27 November 2020
Opening 7 October 2020 from 18h to 21h
Commissaire : Philippe Boudin (Galerie Mingei-Paris)


This exhibition gives us the chance to discover a number of Japanese bamboo art works, the core of two prestigious private collections : the NAEJ collection and the Lussato-Fedier collection. Some pieces have recently been part of a major exhibition at Musée du Quai Branly in Paris.
Japanese bamboo baskets cultural significance goes far back in time. These baskets are famous for their beauty, exquisite manufacturing, elegance and poetic charm.
Since the early years of the Meiji period, bamboo basketry reflects the masters imagination to create pieces both functional and traditional, used for Ikebana flower arrangements and tea ceremony, but also reflecting Japan’s creative genius.
The IIZUKA family boasts a succession of major artists who exerted a considerable influence on bamboo art: Iizuka Hosai I as well as two of his sons, Hosai II & Rokansai worked for the Imperial family and took part in the World Exhibition of Decorative Arts in Paris in 1925. Rokansai is famous for raising bamboo craft art to its highest level, whereas his son Shokansai was awarded the title of Living National Treasury.
 

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