Ten years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami struck Japan in 2011. These events and the subsequent nuclear disaster are still affecting Japan today. People are struggling to recover and many of the challenges they faced are unabating. These five exhibitions share some of the important stories about and coming from this tragedy.
Chikuunsai IV Tanabe, Connection- INFINITY, Art KYOTO 2020, Kyoto National Museum, Japan Photo by Tadayuki Minamoto
Chikuunsai IV Tanabe, STAND, ART FAIRTOKYO 2021, Tokyo International Forum, 2021 Photo by Tadayuki Minamoto
Chikuunsai IV Tanabe, Connection, The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, USA, 2019 Photo by Tadayuki Minamoto
Born in Sakai, Osaka, the second son of third-generation bamboo artist Tanabe Chikuunsai. Graduated from the Department of Sculpture, Faculty of Aesthetics, Tokyo University of the Arts, Chikuunsai returned to his parents’ home in Sakai where he worked hard to master bamboo arts under his father Chikuunsai. In 2001, he was invited to exhibit his works at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show in the United States. He subsequently held exhibitions around the world, including at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, the British Museum, the Guimet Museum of Asian Arts in France, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Based on the idea that "tradition is a challenge," he continues to produce works with traditional objects such as flower basket and tea utensils while also creating installations using bamboo and contemporary objects. His installations in exhibition spaces throughout the world open up new possibilities for bamboo arts.