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JapanSpirits of Nature

    Image of work: Tomoko Konoike, Hidden mountain – Fusuma Painting, 2008
    Tomoko Konoike, Hidden mountain – Fusuma Painting, 2008

    The Japanese archipelago is full of wonders. The idea that the soul of nature inhabits the darkness of the night has been given different names and shapes throughout Japanese art and history. Myths that were used to explain incomprehensible natural phenomena gave meaning to a mysterious world. These stories live on in contemporary art, which provides a space for that which is usually invisible to the human eye.

    In the fall of 2017, the Nordic Watercolour Museum presents an exhibition that explores the work of some of the most renowned contemporary artists from Japan. The cultures of Scandinavia and Japan share an appreciation for design and a passionate and spiritual engagement with nature. However, the means of expressions may vary. The exhibition considers how the historically strong connection to the landscape and nature manifestoes itself in the contemporary art of today.

    Methods and materials vary from multimedia, hand-crafted animations and installations, to traditional watercolour painting, wood-block prints and other paper-based art. Works by six Japanese contemporary artists are shown alongside some classical masterpieces, revealing the contemporary roots in the past.

    Participating artists: ​Tenmyouya Hisashi, Manabu Ikeda, Tomoko Konoike, Takashi Kuribayashi, Fuyuko Matsui, Akira Yamaguchi, as well as works from the collection of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities in Stockholm and lighting installation by Isamu Noguchi.

    Introduction to the exhibition (swe audio/eng sub)

    Pictures from the exhibition

    Utställningsvy med bilder av Tomoko Konoike
    Tomoko Konoike, Hidden mountain – Fusuma Painting, 2008. Photo: Kalle Sanner
    Verk i utställningen av Fukuko Matsui
    Fukuko Matsui, Regeneration of Breached Thought, 2012 and Necessary Things for Achieving an Effective Resurrection in a Short Period of Time, 2003. Photo: Kalle Sanner
    Detaljbild på verk av Tenmyouya Hisashi på vikskärm
    Tenmyouya Hisashi, Pop-up Hyakki Yagyo on Rakuchu-Rakugaizu Screen, 2017 (detail). Photo: Kalle Sanner
    Bild från utställningen, tavla av Fuyuko Matsui och pappersinstallation av Takashi Kuribayashi
    Fuyuko Matsui, Anatomy Chart: A Peach, 2017 and Takashi Kuribayashi, Forest from Forest, 2010/2017. Photo: Kalle Sanner