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
Minneapolis Institute of Art

Hard Bodies: Contemporary Japanese Lacquer Sculpture

Related Events

Subscribe to our free e-letter!