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Past Exhibition

Living Flowers

Ikebana and Contemporary Art

About this Exhibition

Living Flowers: Ikebana and Contemporary Art is an innovative exhibition that showcases the traditional Japanese art of ikebana alongside cutting-edge contemporary art. For centuries, ikebana has been displayed in conjunction with traditional Asian art. In Living Flowers, arrangements by masters of the Ikenobo, Ohara, and Sogetsu schools of ikebana will be juxtaposed with the works of international artists. The exhibition explores how Japanese traditions have been maintained and transformed in our present-day world, while simultaneously highlighting the influence and impact of Japanese aesthetics on the art of today.

Providing glimpses into the artistic process, ikebana artists will work within the exhibition to create fresh flower arrangements. Living Flowers will reach beyond the gallery walls by featuring informative educational and interpretive programs such as ikebana demonstrations and exhibition-related workshops, as well as inspiring family programs and artists talks that explore the link between contemporary art and traditional ikebana.

About this Exhibition

June 15 - September 07, 2008

Japanese American National Museum

About this Exhibition

Living Flowers: Ikebana and Contemporary Art is an innovative exhibition that showcases the traditional Japanese art of ikebana alongside cutting-edge contemporary art. For centuries, ikebana has been displayed in conjunction with traditional Asian art. In Living Flowers, arrangements by masters of the Ikenobo, Ohara, and Sogetsu schools of ikebana will be juxtaposed with the works of international artists. The exhibition explores how Japanese traditions have been maintained and transformed in our present-day world, while simultaneously highlighting the influence and impact of Japanese aesthetics on the art of today. Providing glimpses into the artistic process, ikebana artists will work within the exhibition to create fresh flower arrangements. Living Flowers will reach beyond the gallery walls by featuring informative educational and interpretive programs such as ikebana demonstrations and exhibition-related workshops, as well as inspiring family programs and artists talks that explore the link between contemporary art and traditional ikebana.

The exhibition is made possible, in part, by the generous support of the Aratani Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, MetLife Foundation Museum Connections Program, The James Irvine Foundation, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, The Steven and Kelly McLeod Family Foundation, Michael W. Oshima and Chiaki Tanaka, PhD, UCLA Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, Pasadena Art Alliance, and Mariko Gordon and Hugh Cosman.

About this Exhibition

June 15 - September 07, 2008

Japanese American National Museum

About this Exhibition

Living Flowers: Ikebana and Contemporary Art is an innovative exhibition that showcases the traditional Japanese art of ikebana alongside cutting-edge contemporary art. For centuries, ikebana has been displayed in conjunction with traditional Asian art. In Living Flowers, arrangements by masters of the Ikenobo, Ohara, and Sogetsu schools of ikebana will be juxtaposed with the works of international artists. The exhibition explores how Japanese traditions have been maintained and transformed in our present-day world, while simultaneously highlighting the influence and impact of Japanese aesthetics on the art of today. Providing glimpses into the artistic process, ikebana artists will work within the exhibition to create fresh flower arrangements. Living Flowers will reach beyond the gallery walls by featuring informative educational and interpretive programs such as ikebana demonstrations and exhibition-related workshops, as well as inspiring family programs and artists talks that explore the link between contemporary art and traditional ikebana.

The exhibition is made possible, in part, by the generous support of the Aratani Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, MetLife Foundation Museum Connections Program, The James Irvine Foundation, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, The Steven and Kelly McLeod Family Foundation, Michael W. Oshima and Chiaki Tanaka, PhD, UCLA Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, Pasadena Art Alliance, and Mariko Gordon and Hugh Cosman.

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