Exhibition: Japanese Bamboo Art – The Abbey Collection

Exhibition dates: 13 June 2017 – 4 February 2018

Featuring works of Japanese bamboo art dating from the late nineteenth century to the present the period when basketry in Japan became recognised as an art form that transcends ‘craft’ this loan exhibition showcases more than 80 bamboo baskets and sculptures created by accomplished artists, including all six masters who have received the designation ‘Living National Treasure’. Highlighting key stages in the modern history of Japanese bamboo art, the exhibition is drawn from the Abbey Collection, one of the finest private collections of Japanese baskets and bamboo sculpture; most of the works have never before been presented in public.

More than 70 of these remarkable objects promised gifts to The Metropolitan Museum from long-time New York residents Diane and Arthur Abbey will become part of the museum’s collection, bringing added depth to its already incomparable holdings in Asian art and allowing the museum to tell the modern history of Japanese basketry from the 1880s through the present. Complementing the bamboo works from the Abbey Collection is a lavish selection of hanging scroll and screen paintings and decorative arts, all from The Met’s holdings, that explores the bamboo motif along with related themes such as ikebana (flower arranging) and the tea ceremony.

For more information, visit the website of the Metropolitan Museum, New York, USA.

Exhibition: The Secret Life of Textiles – Plant Fibers

Met Museum - Secret Life of Textiles - Plant Fibres

Exhibition dates: 7 March – 31 July 2016

Fibres are the most important components of a textile. Everything related to the production of a textile – yarns, dyes, weaving and patterns – begins with and is determined by the type and quality of the fibres. At the Metropolitan, the museum’s comprehensive textile collection, the conservators’ expertise and state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation come together to make possible a detailed examination of fibre characteristics and technology through a series of three installations that are focused on plant fibres, animal fibres and synthetic fibers.

This first installation in the series will reveal the technological transformation and beauty of the most important plant fibers – linen, hemp, ramie and cotton – used by various cultures around the world in North Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas, from the Dynastic period of Egypt to the present day.

For more information, visit the website of the Metropolitan Museum, New York, USA.