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All about Girls and Tigers

Leiko Ikemura

26 September 2015 to 28 February 2016

The Museum of East Asian Art in Cologne is devoting a major thematic exhibition to the internationally acclaimed artist and winner of numerous prizes, Leiko Ikemura.

Leiko Ikemura was born in Japan and has lived in Europe for 40 years. Having studied in Spain and practised as an artist in Switzerland and Germany, Ikemura is unambiguously committed to Western art. The exhibition in Cologne is now showing for the first time, however, the unmistakably Japanese roots of her work.

Thirteen outstanding objects of Japanese and Chinese art from the museum’s own collection are being confronted with some 200 works by Ikemura. This confrontation generates the sequence of themes that structure the exhibition:

Landscapes of the soul – The cosmic landscape
Meditation – The inward gaze
Houses and caves – Vessels of shadow
Transfigurations – Evolutions
Black, white and grey – Substance and void
Memento mori – Transience
All about girls – Floating, standing, reclining
Tôkaidô – From the 53 stations of the Eastern Sea Road

It is striking that the tradition of Japanese art represents a central reference point in Ikemura’s work. This may seem surprising at first. For when ‘Western painting’ (yôga) became established in Japan in the late nineteenth century, it was incompatible with ‘painting in the Japanese style’ (nihonga). Since then, the two styles have developed independently. The exhibition in the Museum of East Asian Art demonstrates that in her works, Leiko Ikemura is erasing the boundaries between Western and Japanese art in exemplary fashion.

Supported by

Fördererkreis des Museums für Ostasiatische Kunst Köln

Orientstiftung zur Förderung der Ostasiatischen Kunst


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