Thursday, June 27, 2013

Asian Art Museum: In the Moment

Wednesday morning the Asian Art Museum held a press preview for In the Moment, an exhibit of Japanese art from the personal collection of Larry Ellison. The works span several centuries & include painted screens & scrolls, sculptures, a suite of armor, lacquer, & vases (which Mr. Ellison indeed uses for flowers at home).

The show aims to impress. All the objects are stunningly beautiful, in immaculate condition, & exquisitely refined.

Curator Dr. Laura Allen led a walk-through of the show & explained how Mr. Ellison follows Japanese aesthetic practice by rotating what's on display based on the seasons & the occasion.

The 1st gallery evokes the works' original settings. Visitors hear sounds of nature while viewing a gold-colored folding screen under changing lighting conditions.

Mr. Ellison clearly likes pictures of animal, cats in particular. The images of tigers are especially spectacular, though the painter of these scrolls probably never saw a live one.

Dr. Emily Sano, the museum's former director & Mr. Ellison's art adviser, provided additional commentary on Mr. Ellison's preferences & how the art is exhibited in his home.

To remind us of Mr. Ellison's other interests, the America's Cup trophy is also on display. In the Moment opens June 28th & runs through September 22nd. Four additional screens will rotate into the show on August 20th.

§ In the Moment: Japanese Art from the Larry Ellison Collection
Asian Art Museum
Jun 28 - Sept 22, 2013

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