Manchester Art Gallery presents a new exhibition spanning 1,500 years of East Asian craft and design from imperial to modern minimalism. The show combines historic pieces from the Art Gallery’s collection with some of today’s most exciting international contemporary design.
Eastern Exchanges, featuring over 1,500 years of the rich craft heritage of Japan, China and Korea, is a progressive journey through time, centring around three main themes: Distinctively Eastern, East Meets West and Future East.
With loans from leading public collections and contemporary makers and collectors, this show is a unique opportunity to explore how contemporary designer-makers keep the distinctive style of the East fresh and surprising whilst remaining true to traditional values of superb craftsmanship and profound philosophy
Eastern Exchanges takes the best of ceramics, metalwork, furniture, lacquer and textiles and mixes it together in an exciting blend of imitation and inspiration through time. Visitors will have the opportunity to see historic works from Manchester’s collection which have not been exhibited for over 30 years, including an exquisite early nineteenth-century Japanese lacquer norimono (travelling carriage), sumptuous Chinese Imperial robes and hand-chiselled Japanese tsuba (sword guards), which are all being conserved specially for this show. Contemporary work includes Fumio Enomoto’s ‘Weave Stool’, commissioned specially from the award-winning designer, plus elegant ceramics by Yasuko Sakurai, Gwang Yeol Yu, Jin Ka Lee, Jung Hong Park, Jungwon Park and Jin Eui Kim.