Special Exhibition: “Japanese Bamboo Art from New York: The Abbey Collection, Gifts to The Metropolitan Museum of Art”

Saturday, December 21, 2019~Sunday, April 12, 2020

Japanese bamboo art is characterized by light, graceful forms composed of elaborate linear patterns. Its remarkably modern feel, giving a new perspective to the viewers, has been enhancing its worldwide recognition. The Diane and Arthur Abbey Collection of Japanese bamboo art is regarded as one of the world’s preeminent collections. It was first introduced to the public in 2017, in an exhibition organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art: “Japanese Bamboo Art: The Abbey Collection”. The present version of the same exhibition at the Museum of Oriental Ceramics Osaka brings together a selection of ceramics from the Museum’s collection with 75 modern and contemporary bamboo works from the Abbey Collection, all promised gifts to The Met.

In addition to the gallery display, contemporary bamboo artist, TANABE Chikuunsai IV (b.1973), one of the most well-known young artists active in Osaka, will create a large-scale bamboo installation designed for this venue, utilizing the open space above the entrance hall of the Museum. The exhibition, which takes place in one of the traditional bamboo production areas of Japan, highlights dynamic, sculptural works along with exquisite flower baskets, and explores the new possibilities of this field.


Examples of Objects on Display