The Research Museum of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts and
the Ikebana Institute department in Russia and CIS, under direction of professor Yamada Midori, are glad to invite you to the “Flowers and Painting” exhibition, part of the 12th annual “Japanese spring in Saint-Petersburg” festival.
The exhibition is devoted to the 550th anniversary of the founding of the Ikebana School.
It is flowers, and their placid tenderness
that renew our subsiding faith in the world…
Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. However, it is more than simply putting flowers in a container. It is a disciplined art form in which the arrangement is a living thing where nature and humanity are brought together. It is steeped in the philosophy of developing a closeness with nature. The remarkably high development of floral art in Japan can be attributed to the Japanese love of nature. People in all countries appreciate natural beauty, but in Japan, the appreciation amounts almost to a religion.
The beginning of Ikebana can be traced to the introduction of Buddhism to Japan in the 6th century. Part of the worship involved the laying of flowers on an altar in honor of Buddha. In India, the birthplace of Buddhism, the flowers were placed very informally, and sometimes only petals were strewn around. However, by the 10th century in Japan, the Japanese were presenting their offerings in containers. The altar offerings were the responsibility of the priests of the temple.
The oldest school of Ikebana dates its beginnings to the life of a priest of the Rokkakudo Temple in Kyoto whose mastery of flower arrangement led other priests to seek him out and have him instruct them. As he lived by the side of a lake, for which the Japanese word is Ikenobo, the name Ikenobo became attached to the priests there who specialized in these altar arrangements and later to the whole school of Ikebana. Forty-five priests of the Rokkakudo Temple have held the Ikenobo title; over the centuries they shared this spiritual experience with subsequent generations. At the moment the head of the Ikebana school is 45th descendant of Onono Imoko – Sen Ey Ikenobo.
The Ikenobo School is the oldest school of Ikebana. Over the course of centuries, the Ikebana art yielded several varieties of flower art arrangement. The Ikebana school currently has lots of followers all over the world. In 1990 the Grand Opening of the Ikebana took place in Moscow. The head of the school became a professor of the So-Katoku Institute of Ikenobo – Mrs Midori Yamada. The “Хамавари” (Hamavari) group is the Saint-Petersburg branch of the Ikebana Ikebono in Russia and CIS. The group was established in 2004. Last year the Ikebono School turned 550 but the tragic natural disaster that occurred in early 2011 prevented the celebration of the anniversary.
The exhibition “Flowers and Painting”, which is devoted to the anniversary, will take place on the 27, April, 2012 in the Raphael Hall of the Art Academy Museum (at University Embankment 17).
The Ikebana compositions will be accompanied with the exhibition of the works of O’ Suko, which are made in a traditional Japanese style called Suybokuga. There will also be examples of Kimonos from the collection of Mrs. Midori Yamada.
The up-coming exhibition will also allow visitors to get involved into the bright world of the Japanese traditional arts by the taking part in special Ikebana classes, as well as Suybokuga and the tea ceremony.
List of guests for the opening ceremony:
The General Consul of Japan in Saint-Petersburg - Mrs. Kawabata Ichiro
The professor of the So-Katoku Institute of Ikenobo – Mrs. Midori Yamada
A member of the Artist’s Union of Japan and Suybokuga Association member – Mr. O Suko
The Rector of the Art Academy of Fine Arts – Mr Mikhailovsky S. I.
The president of the Ikenobo Institute in Russia and the CIS – Davydenko G. V.
The head of the Saint-Petersburg department of Ikebana Ikenobo in Russia and the CIS, and the head the “Himavari” Group – Professor Olga Maltceva.
The head of the Saint-Petersburg “Japanese Tea Ceremory” club (Tyanou) – Burmistrova N.P.
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