Hard Bodies: Contemporary Japanese Lacquer Sculpture

Exhibits

It’s an art nearly as old as civilization itself. Since the Neolithic era, artisans in East Asia have coated bowls, cups, boxes, baskets, and other utilitarian objects with a natural polymer distilled from the sap of the rhus verniciflua, known as the lacquer tree. Lacquerware was—and still is—prized for its sheen, a lustrous beauty that artists learned to accentuate over the centuries with inlaid gold, silver, mother-of-pearl, and other precious materials.

Start Date
Saturday, October 7, 2017
End Date
Sunday, June 24, 2018
Venue
Minneapolis Institute of Art

Hard Bodies: Contemporary Japanese Lacquer Sculpture