Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art will open at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Art on January 31 and run through April 25. The exhibit curated by Dr. Andreas Marks, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Collection of the Clark Center, and organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC explores the innovative shape bamboo art has taken since the mid-twentieth century. The stunning selection of works features rare wall-hung installations and 38 exceptional works by 17 artists which will be shown for the very first time to U.S. audiences.

Modern Twist explores the evocative, sensual, and sculptural power of contemporary bamboo art, a quintessential part of Japanese culture, shaping the country's social, artistic, and spiritual landscape. Although bamboo is a prolific natural resource, it is a challenging artistic medium, and mastering the art form requires decades of meticulous practice while learning how to harvest, split, and plait the bamboo. Modern Twist celebrates these artists who have helped to redefine a traditional craft as a modern genre, inventing unexpected new forms and pushing the medium to groundbreaking levels of conceptual, technical, and artistic ingenuity.

Modern Twist features works by other visionary artists: Matsumoto Haf, Honma Hideaki, Ueno Masao, Uematsu Chikuy, Nagakura Kenichi, Tanabe Chikuunsai III, Tanabe Yta, Tanabe Shchiku III, Tanioka Shigeo, Tanioka Aiko, Honda Shry, Mimura Chikuh, Nakatomi Hajime, Sugiura Noriyoshi, and Yonezawa Jir.


The Ruth Funk Center has also planned several events revolving around the exhibition, which include:

Lethal Beauty: Design Elements in Samurai Suits of Armor by Dr. Andreas Marks (Thursday, February 19) 7:00 pm.Gleason Performing Arts Center (Florida Tech Campus) more information

"Weaving a Way Forward: Developments in Japanese Bamboo Art" (Friday, February 20, 2015) Reception & Silent Auction 11:30 a.m.; Luncheon noon Denius Student Center, Hartley Room (Florida Tech Campus) more information

Bamboo and Japanese Culture by Reiko Nishioka (Tuesday, March 17, 2015) Reception 5:15 p.m.; Lecture 6 p.m. Denius Student Center, Hartley Room (Florida Tech Campus) more information

From the Bamboo Grove to the Studio, the Creative Journey (Tuesday, April 7, 2015) Reception 5:15 p.m.; Lecture 6 p.m. Denius Student Center, Hartley Room (Florida Tech Campus) more information

Bamboo Demonstration by featured artist Tanabe Shchiku III (Saturday, April 7, 2015) 10:30 a.m. Florida Botanical Gardens Reception following at Ruth Funk Center Galleries more information



Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Artis curated by Dr. Andreas Marks, head of the Department of Japanese and Korean Art and Director of the Clark Center at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The exhibition was generously supported by the E. Rhodes & Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. The catalogue was supported by the Nomura Foundation, Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, Eric and Karen Ende, Alexandra and Dennis Lenehan, Gilda and Henry Buchbinder, and the Snider Family Fund. The local presentation of this exhibition made possible in part by a grant from The Japan Foundation of New York.


The Ruth Funk Center for Textile Art is open Tuesday - Friday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday - 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Admission into the exhibit is free.

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Image Credit: Uematsu Chikuyu, Sound of Wind, 1991. Bamboo (madake), rattan, lacquer. Photo Susan Einstein.