Taste of Orient at gallery
Kirkcudbright Galleries’ latest exhibition has an oriental feel to it.
Japan – Art and Inspiration offers a taste of Japanese art and culture and features internationally renowned works from artists as significant as Hiroshige, Hokusai, Charles Oppenheimer and EA Hornel to name a few.
The north gallery features Hiroshige’s Japan: views of Mount Fuji exhibition. There are more than 20 stunning works from Hiroshige, a master of colour woodblock print, as well as works from fellow artist Katsushika Hokusai.
The south gallery contains the East Asia Spotlight Tour and Reveal Project: Japan. National Museums Scotland has recently created a major national programme to extend the reach and impact of Egypt and East Asia in Scottish collections.
And the central gallery features Japonisme and Kirkcudbright Artists. The word Japonisme was used to describe the application of Japanese art and its influence on European works. Japan as a country was virtually closed to the rest of the world until the mid-eighteen hundreds when the floodgates of trade and travel opened. Japanese art made it to Europe for the first time in centuries.
Chairman of the council’s communities committee, Andy Ferguson, said:“This is a truly world class exhibition. I would like to express my thanks to those who helped pull this together including our colleagues in National Museums for Scotland. Bringing something of this stature to Kirkcudbright Galleries is a massive achievement.”
The exhibition runs until June 9 and admission is free.
Opening Japan – Art and Inspiration at Kirkcudbright Galleries