Collecting Stories Exhibition Open

Collecting Stories focuses on works drawn from the Morikami’s Permanent Collection and featured in vignettes, or mini exhibitions, representing diverse perspectives for interpreting the narrative of any object (or groups of objects). Explore how Japanese visual culture has reflected changes in society, politics, and modernization. Learn how everyday functional objects can express deep spirituality. Observe how some Japanese artists have responded to international influences over the past 400 years. Consider how the lives of Japanese Americans like George Morikami have impacted non-Japanese communities. In addition, we will highlight the positive ways in which the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is contributing to a deeper understanding of the Japanese culture through the Museum’s collecting and exhibition strategies.

Funded in part by the Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation.

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
2017.006.001
wooden mask with pigments and gesso
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
2006.015.002a-b
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