Thursday, 19 June 2014

Opening - Ikebana and Contemporary Plant Art

Last Saturday I went to Uppsala in Sweden to attend the opening of the exhibition Ikebana and Contemporary Plant Art in the Botanical Garden. I had a great time and met some interesting people. I have quite a few pictures to show you from this opening, so I'm going to post them in two different posts.

The exhibition was opened by the Japanese Ambassador to Sweden, Mr. Seiji Morimoto, who impressed by holding a long speech in Swedish. Before we were welcomed inside the Orangery, the artists were also presented. The art works were made on site and the artist were all present at the opening.

Naoaki Donuma: Finding peace and happiness in a silent symphony

Ohya Rica: Load Nothingness to Fill Your Emtiness

Katsuhito Kurata (Ikenobo): Deification

Since the exhibition will be running until mid September, the art work will have to stay up for a long time. A lot of the materials are dry, some is planted and some will be replaced during the exhibition.

 Chatting with Judit Katkits, Ichiyo teacher in Stockholm
In the background: Katsuhito Kurata (Ikenobo)

Hiroki Ohara, headmaster of the Ohara School

500 people came to the exhibition opening on this sunny summer day. I had the opportunity to meet with several Scandinavian ikebana teacher colleagues and even talk to mr Hiroki Ohara, headmaster of the Ohara School in Japan.

 Junichi Kakizaki: Last Moment of Flowers.
In the background: Photo works by Takaya.

Hiroki Ohara: The Root

 Shizuko Ono: Hana

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