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Japanese Baskets

Tateuchi Japanese Galleries

Did you know that we frequently change the works on view in our collection galleries? This summer in the Japanese galleries, we invite you to delight in 22 exquisite bamboo works — both new and old — on view for the first time.

A visit to the museum is never complete without a stop in the Japanese galleries to be awed by the intricate construction and subtle elegance of the Lloyd Cotsen Japanese Bamboo Basket Collection. On view this spring are 22 bamboo baskets and sculptures, from the traditional to the cutting-edge, never before exhibited at the museum.

A highlight is Disappear, a 2019 work by fourth-generation bamboo artist Tanabe Chikuunsai IV, whose installation Connection took over Lee Gallery in 2019. This 34-inch-high bamboo sculpture, produced with the aid of computer software and 3D-printed resin molds, features complex rotations determined by a mathematical algorithm. “It is a fusion of technology and traditional decorative arts,” says the artist.

Don’t miss this chance to view the creative evolution of one of Japan’s most time-honored artistic traditions.


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Image: Disappear, 2018, by Tanabe Chikuunsai IV (Japanese, b. 1973). Bamboo (madake), wisteria vines, dye, and lacquer. Asian Art Museum, Museum purchase, Lloyd Cotsen Japanese Bamboo Collection, 2019.4. Photograph © Asian Art Museum.