Raku: A traditional contemporary art form

Art Dec 20, 2016

Raku: A traditional contemporary art form

by Sachiko Tamashige

At the opening of "The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl: Transmitting a Secret Art Across Generations of the Raku Family" at The National Museum of Modern Art, in Kyoto, the current head of the Raku family, Kichizaemon XV (b. 1949), explained that the event ...

Suzuki Kiitsu: Bringing modernity to Rimpa

Art Sep 20, 2016

Suzuki Kiitsu: Bringing modernity to Rimpa

by Jeff Michael Hammond

The artist Suzuki Kiitsu (1796-1858) was long considered a late and somewhat minor player in the Rimpa school, which emerged in Kyoto early in the Edo Period (1603-1868). The Suntory Museum of Art's current exhibition now re-evaluates Kiitsu's career and his contributions to this ...

Kyoto's Rinpa school is moving in many ways

Art Nov 3, 2015

Kyoto's Rinpa school is moving in many ways

by Hana Sakuma

At this moment, the Kyoto National Museum is showcasing some extraordinarily breathtaking work. Three sets of "Wind God" and "Thunder God" screens by three major Rinpa (also known as Rimpa) artists are being displayed together in the same location for the first time in ...

The Yamatane Museum presents a brilliant show

Art Oct 9, 2014

The Yamatane Museum presents a brilliant show

by Alice Gordenker

Gold and silver have long been used in Japanese painting for their decorative value, on works ranging from intimate handscrolls to large-scale screens. But as the current exhibition at the Yamatane Museum of Art makes amply clear, in the last century or so tradition ...