Kamakura: Realism and Spirituality in the Sculpture of Japan

When 9 Feb 2016 - 8 May 2016
Where Asia Society
725 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021
United States
Enquiry (212) 288-6400

With over forty Kamakura masterpieces from private and museum collections in North America and Europe, and one treasure from the Tokyo National Museum, “Kamakura: Realism and Spirituality in the Sculpture of Japan” is the first exhibition to look beyond the aesthetics and technical achievements of these remarkable sculptures, and specifically examine the relationship between realism and the sacred empowerment of these objects. The exhibition explores how sculptures are “brought to life” or “enlivened” by the spiritual connection between exterior form, interior contents, and devotional practice, reflecting the complexity and pluralism of the period. “Kamakura: Realism and Spirituality in the Sculpture of Japan” marks the first major loan show of Kamakura sculpture in the United States in more than thirty years.

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