Lacquer Beauteous —
Masterpieces by Five Japanese “living national treasures.”
4 October (Tue) through 18 December (Sun), 2011
The Shiseido Art House hosted the exhibition “Lacquer Beauteous,” featuring works by five lacquer artisans considered to be Japanese “living national treasures.”
Lacquer, a material derived from the sap of a particular type of tree and prized for its beauty and durability, has long been used in the East and Southeast Asia. In Japan, lacquer wares were already being produced as early as the Jōmon era, and over the subsequent centuries underwent remarkable development and refinement, to the extent that the word “japan” is still used today to mean Japanese lacquer ware. Japanese lacquer is admired for its exquisite beauty and the refined technical skill it requires, and the long centuries of development have made these wares the pinnacle of lacquered beauty in the world today.
This exhibition showcased works and representative techniques of five master craftsmen who have built solid reputations in the world of traditional lacquer craft while also driving the craft throughout the postwar period.