The Museum of East Asian Art in Cologne dedicates a large exhibition to the work of internationally renowned and prize-winning artist Leiko Ikemura.
Leiko Ikemura was born in Japan and has lived in Europe for the past 40 years.
Through her studies in Spain as well as her work in Switzerland and Germany, Ikemura has placed her work distinctly in the context of Western art. The exhibition in Cologne now focuses for the first time on the formative and unmistakable Japanese roots of her artistic production.
Thirteen outstanding pieces of Chinese and Japanese art from the museums collection will be juxtaposed with around 200 works by Ikemura. They define the context
in which Ikemuras art is shown and determine the themes that structure the exhibition
and the catalogue in a loosely structured sequence.
Mindscapes The Cosmic Landscape
Meditation Looking Within
Houses and Hollows Vessels of Shadow
Black, White, Grey Substance and Emptiness
Memento Mori Impermanence
All About Girls Floating, Standing, Lying
Tôkaidô From the 53 Stations of the Eastern Sea Road
The tradition of Japanese art is a central source for Ikemuras work. This may at first be surprising, because when Western painting (yôga) was established in Japan at the end of the 19th century, it was incompatible with painting in the Japanese style (nihonga). Since then, both styles have developed independently to one another. This show at the Museum of East Asian Art demonstrates how Leiko Ikemura transcends the barriers between Western and Japanese art in an exemplary way.
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