Taste of Ori­ent at gallery

The Galloway News - - ARTS FESTIVAL -

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

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