October 14, 2007 - Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg - Japan and the West: The Filled Void
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October 14, 2007

Japan and the West: The Filled Void

Tea bowl (ido-chawan), Japan, Hagi, 17th/18th century
Ceramics
Height 8.6 cm, x 15.1 cm
Private collection
Courtesy Japan Art Frankfurt

Japan and the West: The Filled Void
22nd September 2007 – 13th January 2008

Hollerplatz 1
38440 Wolfsburg
Germany
phone: +49-5361-2669-0
fax: +49-5361-2669-66
info [​at​] kunstmuseum-wolfsburg.de

www.kunstmuseum-wolfsburg.de

The creation of a new Japan Garden for Wolfsburg, accompanied by an exhibition that combines the concept of ‘meaningful emptiness’ in Zen art with Western Minimalism, mark the beginning of the autumn season and present a striking antithesis to the opulent Pop aesthetic that has characterized the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg since its opening. There is a beautiful courtyard in the Kunstmuseum that had almost been forgotten about as it has rarely been put to specific use. Inspired by Peter Schweger’s light-infused architecture with its clear-cut, ‘technoid’ appearance, the new Zen garden that is to be created here will provide a haven of peace and tranquility within the industrial city of Wolfsburg. In the adjoining exhibition space, visitors can immerse themselves in the fascinating world of ‘filled void’, where Japanese art and craft objects such as tea bowls, ikebana, selected items of furniture and a samurai sword are juxtaposed with works of Western art (by James Lee Byars, Agnes Martin and Joseph Beuys amongst others).

Opening hours:

Tuesday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Wednesday to Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Monday: closed

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