The Research Museum of the Russian Art Academy of Fine Arts andthe Ikebana Institute department in Russia and CIS are glad to invite you to the “Beauty of Japan” (「日本の美」) exhibition.
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 exhibition “Beauty of Japan” (「日本の美」) will take place on the 14th, May, 2014 in the Halls of the Art Academy Museum (at University Embankment 17).
The Ikebana compositions will be accompanied with the exhibition of the works made in a traditional Japanese style called Suybokuga, Kisetsu No Origami and Chirimen Zaiku. There also will be examples of Kimonos.
The up-coming exhibition will also allow visitors to get involved in the bright world of Japanese traditional arts by taking part in many workshops:
14, May, 13.00 – The Grand opening, Demonstration of Japanese costumes Kimonos
18, May, 13.00 - Traditional Japanese dance Kyo Odori
13.30 – Lecture on the Japanese costume Kimono.
15.00 – Workshop of the Japanese craft Furoshiki.
15.00 – Origami workshop
16.00 – Workshop how to make a samurai tie
17.00 – Closing ceremony