Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Lure of Painted Poetry

One of Eight Views of Xiao and Xiang Rivers (detail), 1788. Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1980.188.1

From now until August 28, the Cleveland Museum of Art is presenting a show "The Lure of Painted Poetry: Japanese and Korean Art". They say:
"This exhibition, the first in-depth comparison of the achievements of Korea and Japan from the late 14th century, consists of some 100 examples from the CMA’s permanent collection—many that have never been shown since the 1990s. The show features every art form, including painting, calligraphy, and craft, that transformed Chinese lyrical aesthetics in the Korean Joseon period and in the Japanese Muromachi, Momoyama, and Edo periods."

...but if that's not enough for you, how about a little sake, too? Friday from 5-8:30 is "Nihonshu Night: An Evening of Sake, Fusion Food & Art":
"The evening features a sake tasting with three different sakes selected by the experts at The Marchetti Company and a fusion food tasting of Japanese/Korean food samples created exclusively for the event by SasaMatsu restaurant in Shaker Square. The evening will also include music from Beat Matrix’s Darrell Stout. Not only does this evening offer an engaging, intimate look at this beautiful art, it is a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the sights, smells and tastes of a culture. And, tickets for the evening are only $18."

Sake, poetry, and paintings--

For those with a bit more of a taste for the academic, on Sunday, May 15 at 2:00 p.m., Ann Sherif of Oberlin College will present "Linking Poems and Images: Basho and Communal Arts in East Asia."

Takaki Seikaku (Japanese, b. 1923). A Poem of Spring from Manyoshu, late 1900s. Ink on decorative paper. The Cleveland Museum of Art. Gift of the Artist 2011.21]



The poet doesn't invent. He listens. ~Jean Cocteau