Exhibitions/ Art Object

門田篁玉作 『維新』

Monden Kōgyoku (Japanese, born 1916)
Shōwa period (1926–89)
Timber bamboo
H. 14 in. (35.6 cm); W. 21 in. (53.3 cm); D. 21 in. (53.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Promised Gift of Diane and Arthur Abbey
Accession Number:
Not on view
Monden Kōgyoku, an artist who has had a long and prestigious career, created this undulating sculptural work using the “rolling-weave” (uneri-ami) technique. For two decades after World War II, during a period of economic turmoil, the artist made thousands of utilitarian baskets for wholesalers.

A local department store manager, learning of his reputation, invited him to present an exhibition of flower baskets, launching his career as a bamboo artist. Kōgyoku, who lives near Hiroshima, became an active leader of bamboo art in his prefecture and has been a full member of the Japan Art Crafts Association since 1991.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. "Beyond Basketry: Japanese Bamboo Art," August 19, 2006–July 11, 2007.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Designing Nature: The Rinpa Aesthetic in Japanese Art," May 26, 2012–January 13, 2013.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Japanese Bamboo Art: The Abbey Collection," June 13, 2017–February 4, 2018.

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