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Ibasho Gallery : Wabi Sabi


IBASHO presents the Summer exhibition for 2020 which will be a group exhibition on the concept of ‘wabi sabi’. Wabi sabi as an aesthetic concept is generally described as a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. A beauty of things modest and humble. A beauty of things unconventional. The exhibition Wabi Sabi is an invitation to explore the elements of wabi sabi in the photographic works of 9 Japanese artists and 3 non-Japanese artists. And since wabi sabi is closely connected to the tea ceremony (chado), IBASHO has included 2 Japanese ceramic artists, who not only have made matcha bowls but also vases.   Wabi Sabi When one asks Japanese people what wabi sabi is, it is hard for them to explain this concept. Most Japanese will understand the feeling of wabi sabi, but it is difficult for them to describe this feeling. That’s because most Japanese never learnt about wabi sabi in rational terms, since there are no books of teachers to learn it from. The seminal ‘Book of Tea’ written by Kakuzo Okakura in 1906 touches on...

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