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"The Japanese Art of Tea: Modern teaware from the collections of the Tanabe Art Museum"
2000-08-23 until 2000-11-12
Helsinki City Art Museum
The Meilahti Gallery of the Helsinki City Art Museum will present a small-scale exhibition of Japanese teaware. The
exhibition will also include a weekend of tea ceremonies in the museum's park. The show will consist of 30 modern tea
objects, representing the various styles and traditions of the 20th century. All objects belong to the collections of the
Tanabe Art Museum at the city of Matsue. The exhibition will also include a publication presenting the philosophical
background and the practices of tea art.
In connection with the exhibition, the Shimane Prefectural Committee for Helsinki 2000 will bring to Helsinki 15
practitioners of the Japanese art of tea ceremony, who will be offering tea to the public in the traditional way in a tent in
the museum's park. The ceremonies, each lasting for about one hour, will be held on Saturday, August 26 at 1:30, 2:30,
3:30 PM and on Sunday, August 27 at 11:30 AM, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 and 4:30 PM.
The exhibition architecture and the tea ceremonies will be the responsibility of masters of Japanese tea art Nobuharu
Ogusa, Akio Yasui and Toshiro Ito. The exhibition is jointly organised by the Helsinki City Art Museum, the Shimane
Prefectural Committee for Helsinki 2000 and the Tanabe Art Museum, Matsue.
Helsinki is a European City of Culture in 2000. The exhibition is a part of the year of culture programme.