With over thirty masterpieces from the Kamkura period (1185–1333) from private and museum collections in North America and Europe, Kamakura: Realism and Spirituality in the Sculpture of Japan is the first exhibition to look beyond the aesthetics and technical achievements of these remarkable sculptures, and specifically examine the relationship between realism and the sacred empowerment of these objects. The exhibition explores how sculptures are “brought to life” or “enlivened” by the spiritual connection between exterior form, interior contents, and devotional practice, reflecting the complexity and pluralism of the period. Kamakura marks the first major loan show of Kamakura sculpture in the United States in more than thirty years.
The exhibition is on view from February 9 through May 8, 2016.
Guest curator Ive Covaci with Adriana Proser, John H. Foster Senior Curator for Traditional Asian Art, Asia Society.
A richly illustrated 191-page catalogue copublished by Asia Society Museum and Yale University Press accompanies the exhibition.
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