Musée du Quai Branly Splitting the Air / Fendre L'Air : Art of Bamboo in Japan

Splitting the Air / Fendre L'Air : Art of Bamboo in Japan

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A richly illustrated book about Japanese bamboo art 

Japanese bamboo baskets have a very long history. Until the 16th century, they were primarily utilitarian and rustic items. Those with an aesthetic value were imported from China. The turning point came from the codification of the tea ceremony in the 16th century.  Due to their extreme refinement, Japanese bamboo vases, containing floral arrangements, were elevated to the rank of works of art.

Accompanying an exhibition at Musée du Quai Branly, this book showcases the art of basket weaving in Japan with some 150 examples of bamboo weaving from baskets used during traditional tea ceremonies to contemporary creations by renowned 20th-century bamboo artists including Iizuka Rokansai.

  • Author: Stéphane Martin, President of the Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac
  • Paperback: 304 pages 
  • Date published: January 2019
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-2370741066
  • Product Dimensions: 32.2 x 21.4 cm

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