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Exhibition Opening: Evolving Traditions - Paintings of Wonder from Japan

  • Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan 1150 18th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20036 United States (map)

Presented by the Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan

The world of art and aesthetics is one that is in constant motion: eternally evolving with the introduction of modern concepts, materials, and processes, yet firmly rooted in cultural heritage and tradition. Learn about the history of the ever-evolving painting styles of Japan with this informative lecture that marks the opening of Evolving Traditions: Paintings of Wonder from Japan, an exhibition of captivating works by modern artist Yuki Ideguchi alongside rarely-seen masterpieces of traditional Japanese paintings from the Embassy collection.

In this lecture, artist Yuki Ideguchi and Director of PIGMENT Materials Lab Dr. Kei Iwaizumi will take visitors on a journey through the history of traditional paintings in Japan and the beautiful pigments and materials instrumental to their creation. Registration is required to attend this opening lecture on March 28th.

The Evolving Traditions: Paintings of Wonder from Japan exhibition will be on display from March 28, 2018 through May 25, 2018, and will be open to the public during regular JICC hours, 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday except holidays. The exhibition is free and open to the public. 


Yuki Ideguchi is a Japanese artist who holds an MFA in Japanese Painting from Tokyo University of the Arts. Ideguchi uses a combination of traditional Japanese painting materials and recently developed acrylic and spray paints to showcase the relationship between Japan and America. His art often incorporates Japanese perspectives and motifs on nature, life and death, and history.

Dr. Kei Iwaizumi is the Director of PIGMENT, a subsidiary of Warehouse TERRADA that buys and sells rare, quality pigments, inks, and glues. Iwaizumi is an expert on painting materials and lecturer at the Kyoto University of Art and Design.

Co-presented by the JICC, Embassy of Japan, Yuki Ideguchi, and PIGMENT Lab Director Kei Iwaizumi. Sponsored by the JICC, Embassy of Japan, Materials Lab “PIGMENT,” All Nippon Airways (ANA). and the Smithsonian Freer and Sackler Galleries.