Current Exhibitions

Collecting Stories

November 21, 2020 – April 3, 2021

carved granite statue
Shadow of the Moon
By Asano Hiroyuki (b. 1963)
Carved Granite
12” x 14.5” x 5”
Heisei period, 2016
Anonymous gift

wooden mask with pigments and gesso
Noh Mask of Zo-onna (Beautiful woman)
By Hakuzan Kubo (b. 1940)
Gesso and pigments on wood
8.375”h x 5.5”w
Heisei period, ca. 1999-2001
Gift of the Artist

Museums define themselves by their collections, each with a unique point of view that is carefully shaped by the mission and vision of the institution. The result of our collecting efforts over more than 40 years is not just a catalog of objects, but rather a collection of diverse ideas and unique stories illuminated by those objects. The Morikami Museum is pleased to announce our current exhibition, Collecting Stories, which highlights more than 100 works drawn from the Morikami’s Permanent Collection and featured in five vignettes, or mini-exhibitions.

Enjoy early 20th century kimono in Dressing the Modern Girl. In Celebrating Sake, explore the many different varieties of utensils used for making and serving sake. Visitors can learn about the vast array of face masks used in Japan, from medieval samurai armor to sci-fi anime characters, in Masquerade. Observe the profound emotions associated with the moon while gazing at A View of the Moon featuring both traditional woodblock prints and contemporary artworks. Consider the culturally intertwined beliefs of Shintō shrines and Buddhist altars in Sacred Spaces. We invite you to experience the many positive ways in which the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is contributing to a deeper understanding of Japanese culture through the Museum’s collecting and exhibition strategies.

Funded in part by the Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.

Opening Dates
Member Preview Week: Nov. 14
20, 2020
General Public: Nov. 21, 2020


Painting Enlightenment

May 8, 2021 – September 19, 2021

Iwasaki Tsuneo (Japanese, 1917-2002)
Ink and paint on paper

Iwasaki Tsuneo (Japanese, 1917-2002)
Ink and paint on paper

Candle Light
Iwasaki Tsuneo (Japanese, 1917-2002)
Ink and paint on paper

Painting Enlightenment: Experiencing Wisdom and Compassion through Art and Science, features works by Japanese scientist and artist Iwasaki Tsuneo (1917-2002). The paintings create a contemplative journey and meditations on the interconnectedness of the universe. Iwasaki collapses distinctions between image, text and thought with imagery representative of both scientific phenomena and Buddhist principles. He forms the images by using characters from the sacred Buddhist text, the Heart Sutra.

Upon retiring from a career as a research biologist, Iwasaki expanded his own practice of copying sacred texts, called shyakyō – a form of devotion with a long history in Japan. In his unique process, instead of separating the verses written into vertical blocks, he reconfigures them into images such as DNA, lightning bolts, bubbles, atoms and ants. He created this artistic practice to express the intricate relationship between science and Buddhism.

Organized by the Louisiana State University Museum of Art with guest curator, Dr. Paula Arai, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at LSU. Presented at the Morikami Museum and funded in part by the Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.

Opening Dates
Member Preview: May 7
, 2021
General Public: May 8, 2021

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