21 July–22 August 2017
Admission free, Monday–Friday 9.30am–5pm
From the cultured court of Shogun Ashikaga Yoshima in the eastern hills or “Higashiyama” above Kyoto, in 15th century Japan, sprung the unique fusion of art and everyday life, beauty in simplicity, embodied in the tea house. In this exhibition, several famous Kyoto tea houses such as Tai-an and Shoko-ken will be introduced through photographs, architectural diagrams and other forms, and in doing so we hope to convey an understanding of key concepts such as wabi-sabi and to give the viewer a feel for the Zen-influenced culture surrounding the Kyoto tea house.
The ‘Kian’ teahouse will also be on display during the Private View; a simple bamboo construction which through its incompleteness demonstrates the beauty and philosopy underlying the Kyoto tea house. The exhibition will also highlight the history of the renowned Uji tea growing region south of Kyoto.
The unique opening party will incorporate a calligraphy demonstration by Japan’s leading calligrapher and performance artist Tomoko Kawao, who is travelling to London from Kyoto especially for the occasion. Kawao’s work will then be displayed as part of the exhibition.
This exhibition has been made possible with the kind assistance of Kyoto Prefectural Authority and Daitokuji-Daiji-in Temple.