"The Modern Age of Japanese Sculpture" Exhibition

Yokosuka Museum of Art

poster for "The Modern Age of Japanese Sculpture" Exhibition

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Before the modern age, Japan had no word for "sculpture" as such, but instead a history of producing other three-dimensional forms such as Buddhist statues, dolls, ornaments and altar objects, architectural decorations and so on. When sculptural techniques and art historical ways of thinking were imported from the West during the Meiji era, the word "choukoku" was created to signify "sculpture as art," creating a new framework for thinking about this form. Since then, Japanese sculpture has mainly centered on this conception of sculpture as art object, melding the two schools of western and traditional sculpture with its own unique history of development. This path that sculpture has taken in Japan is not only a problem of individual artists grappling with the concept of modernism, but also is linked to the more profound question of the modernization of society and the nation of Japan as a whole. This exhibition looks at the development of sculpture in Japan from the Meiji era through to the 1960s, featuring over 70 works that represent their respective eras and trends, divided into 7 sections, and investigates the notion of "modernity" in Japanese sculpture.



From 2008-10-28 To 2008-12-21
Closed November 10th (Mon) and December 1st (Mon)



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