"Kaleidoscopes: Little Mirrors that Reflect the World" Exhibition

Bunkamura Museum of Art

poster for "Kaleidoscopes: Little Mirrors that Reflect the World" Exhibition

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The Renaissance, which took place from the 14th through 16th centuries, was a European movement centered on Italy. It was a historical and cultural enterprise that attempted to revive Classical culture, giving birth to artists such as da Vinci and Michelangelo in the process.

In 20th century America, a similar "Renaissance" also occurred: a movement that began in the 1960s and 70s which took renewed notice of the kaleidoscope as a tool for healing and inspiration, leading to a boom in its popularity. Using a basic structure that combined several kaleidoscopes, carpenters and glassmakers borrowed ideas and applied them to their respective fields. Kaleidoscopes soon evolved to become artworks for adults, a development that came to be known as the "kaleidoscope renaissance". Presently, there are about 150 kaleidoscope artists active in the US, and the movement has now spread to Japan as well.

This exhibition focuses on the startling transformations in contemporary kaleidoscope making, showcasing around 600 new and limited edition kaleidoscopes by artists all over the world.



From 2009-09-16 To 2009-09-30



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