Lines and Shapes, Lines and Spaces – The Bamboo Work of Rokansai Iizuka and Chikuunsai Tanabe

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Bamboo artists work with the special qualities of pliant yet sturdy bamboo to weave, plait and shape it into forms. These forms are constructed out of diverse “lines” made of split bamboo strips, and by following each line with the eye we become aware not only of bamboo’s textural and expressive richness but also of the subtle beauty of choice and application of these “lines” in the process of the form’s creation. The braiding of bamboo work produces a form both structural and decorative, both enclosing and revealing space, creating in both the work’s exterior and interior a space composed of “lines.”

From around the 1920s through the mid 20th century, Japanese makers of bamboo work moved beyond the role of craftsman and began to pursue individual expressivity. Musee Tomo invites you to view the story of Japanese bamboo work from the 1910s through to today and to discover its revolutionary nature by following the “lines” of bamboo woven by seven artists from two family lines.

[Event]
Talk “The Legacy of Chikuunsai”
Speaker: Chikuunsai Tanabe the Fourth
Date: May 19 (Sat) 15:00
In Japanese. Please see the official website for details and information on more events.

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from April 14, 2018 to July 16, 2018

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