Saturday Opening: Contemporary Crafts and Tanabata at the Library

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Saturday Opening: Contemporary Crafts and Tanabata at the Library

Post  JF on Fri Jul 06, 2012 9:50 am

The history of Japanese crafts can be traced back to ancient times and is filled with a variety of influences from sources such as China and Korea. These influences have been gradually absorbed and further developed, eventually resulting in works that reflect the Japanese artistic temperament. In modern times, with the rapid introduction of Western social systems and culture, Japanese crafts have not simply retained the traditional forms and decorative embellishments that had been handed down from previous generations. Instead, artists who attempt to express their own artistic temperament through their work have appeared.

This exhibition consists of 64 pieces in six sections revealing examples of the characteristics of Japanese contemporary crafts: Ostentation (Use of outstanding colours, and gold & silver), Wabi (Quiet refinement, natural expression of the materials), Crispness (Strong forms and captivating colours), Fine Detail (Elaborate workmanship), Deformation (Beauty of unevenness), Kacho (Flowers and birds, Traditional ornamental motifs).

Admission: Free
Gallery Hours:

Monday 11:30 am - 7 pm extended hours
Tuesday 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 7 pm extended hours
Friday 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Select Saturdays noon - 5 pm
Saturday opening dates:
July 7, 21; August 11, 25; September 8, 22; October 13
Special Opening: Nuit Blanche, sunset September 29-sunrise September30
CLOSED: other Saturdays and Sundays, August 6 (Civic Holiday), September 3 (Labour Day), October 8 (Thanksgiving)
Inquiries: We welcome group tours!


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