The World of Creatures

Hara Museum Arc (Gunma)

poster for The World of Creatures
[Image: "Scene of mournful assembly at the death of Buddha", hanging scroll, Momoyama Period

This event has ended.

Since time immemorial, animals have existed in close proximity to
humans as objects of the hunt, as beasts of burden or as pets. They often
appear as the protagonist in the world of literature. And in the field of art,
they appear in a variety of mediums such as painting, sculpture and
crafts, in all eras and all regions. The reasons are many to express
religious or literary connotations, as a wish for long life or fertility, or in
the interest of science.
This exhibition takes a look at various creatures ranging from familiar insects and animals to creatures of the imagination, providing a chance for us to ponder their respective meanings. The creatures you encounter make no noise and do not move, and yet you will surely feel their presence through the cuteness of their expression, the humor in their poses or the strangeness of their appearance. We invite you to enter their world with all your senses activated.



from March 12, 2016 to May 18, 2016
Open on March 31th, May 5th. Closed on April 14th.



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