From 23 September to 15 January Japan Museum SieboldHuis will present ‘Wabi-sabi’. For the first time in Europe will an exhibition devoted to this aesthetic concept in photography and ceramics be displayed.
Over one hundred works by national and international artists make this Japanese concept of the beauty of imperfection accessible to the viewer. The acceptance and appreciation of the transience and imperfection play central roles and are reflected in a wide range of Japanese art forms such as in the tea ceremony, in poetry and in art. The artists featured in this exhibition have, in their own unique way, been influenced by wabi-sabi. This influence can be seen for example in a photo of melting snow printed onto hand-made paper or a simple asymmetrical teacup with a crack in the glaze.