Tradition and simple form
Since the 8th century, finely made bamboo baskets have been used in Buddhist ceremonies and later in the Japanese tea ceremony. Master-apprentice lineages that enabled the knowledge required to create them to be passed down through the ages were established early on.
During the twentieth century, individual kagoshi (basket makers) reinterpreted these traditions to create imaginative forms and vases for the ikebana, the art of flower arrangements. Now, in the twenty-first century, a new generation of artists, from diverse backgrounds, are creating an amazing variety of artworks that can be appreciated as contemporary sculptural forms.
The Mingei Gallery is pleased to present its collection of Japanese baskets whose creations range from the late 19th century to the present day.
Chikuunsai IV creates two kinds of bamboo works. The first, which are made using traditional techniques transmitted from generation to generation, are functional objects destined for used in ikebana and in the tea ceremony. His other works fall squarely into the realm of contemporary creation. Tanabe Chikuunsai IV is an artist of his time who expresses his individuality through various organic sculptural forms. Both his functional and contemporary works are part of many notable international private and public collections.
He has been awarded many prizes in Japan as well as abroad, and was the recipient of the prestigious Lloyd Cotsen Bamboo Prize in the United States in 2007.
Since 2015, he has produced a number of monumental installations: at the MET in New York, the Japan House in Sao Paulo, Takashimaya in Tokyo, the MNAA-Guimet in Paris, the Château de la Celle-Saint-Cloud, and the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire (through November 2018), among other places.
A catalog with photographs by Japanese artist Tadayuki Minamoto will accompany the exhibition.