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"Avant-garde Tradition: Contemporary Japanese Calligraphy from Nanto"
2011-02-23 until 2011-03-20
University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong
HK Hong Kong
The exhibition is jointly organized by the University Museum and Art Gallery and the Ise Cultural Foundation, with the assistance of the Consulate General of Japan in Hong Kong and the Toyama Prefecture Government, Japan. The exhibition features calligraphic works by “Gen do sya”, a group of contemporary artists from the city of Nanto in Toyama Prefecture, Japan. They specialize in an innovative art form that combines calligraphy, painting and drawing. Their free-hand works express aesthetics of modern Japan. This avant-garde approach is evident in the seven female artists’ unique calligraphic styles.
In addition to calligraphy, the exhibition also displays other artworks reflecting the lifestyle of Nanto culture. These include prints by artists such as Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) and Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858), lacquer wares, cloisonné enameled vessels and tea utensils.
The exhibition was first exhibited in Tokyo last year and will travel to Beijing in April after Hong Kong.
The exhibition opening will take place on Tuesday 22 February 2011 at 6:00 pm. Mr. Hikonobu ISE, Chairman of the Ise Cultural Foundation, Mr. Yuji KUMAMARU, Consul General of Japan in Hong Kong, and Professor S.P. CHOW, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, The University of Hong Kong, will officiate at the ceremony. At the exhibition opening, the method of making traditional Japanese confectionary will be demonstrated by a specialist from Kanazawa.
The opening hours of the Museum are Monday to Saturday 9:30 am – 6:00 pm, Sunday 1:00 – 6:00 pm. The Museum is closed on 16 March and public holidays. Admission is free. All are welcome.
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