Monday, September 05, 2011

Asian Art Museum 3: Japanese Design



The Japanese wing is also featuring contemporary works, such as the sculpture by Hoshino Kayoko above...



...a large screen by Okura Jiro above...



...and a 1995 waterfall painting by the New York-based Senju Hiroshi.



And of course the rotating Japanese basket collection demonstrates once again...



...that Japanese design is usually twenty years ahead of the rest of the world.



In the lobby, a museum worker was handing out questionnaires, and one of the questions was whether or not we preferred the museum experience to be lively and filled with people or if we preferred it to be quiet and solitary. Unfortunately for the institution, I much prefer the latter, which doesn't help their bottom line or longtime survival.

2 comments:

AphotoAday said...

Put me down for quiet and solitary too...

namastenancy said...

I was there last week and just about had the museum to myself - especially on the upper floors. The new screen knocked me out as did the contemporary sculpture. I had to stop and do a moment of meditation in the little alcove on the second floor. I just hope that the museum can stay afloat; with all the meag-bucks in the Asian community, you'd think it would not be a problem. Too bad they blew their chance to get money from Ellison some years ago; he may be an a-hole but he does admire Japanese art.