The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Monday, September 20, 2021

Leiko Ikemura's first exhibition in the UK opens at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
Leiko Ikemura, Berlin Horizon I, 2012. Tempera and oil on jute. Studio Ikemura, Berlin, Germany © Leiko Ikemura and VG Bild-Kunst 2021. Photo: Jörg von Bruchhausen.

NORWICH.- Japanese-Swiss artist, Leiko Ikemura, presents a selection of paintings, sculptures, drawings and photography in her first exhibition in the UK, Leiko Ikemura: Usagi in Wonderland. Ikemura has chosen 50 works that span three decades of her career. The exhibition’s dominant theme is the connectivity of all aspects of nature, be it human, animal, plant or mineral, in an eternal circle of life. Through her fantastical figures and primeval landscapes, Ikemura explores fragility, transience and slow evolutionary change – choosing to address environmental issues from an empathetic, global perspective.

Usagi, meaning ‘rabbit’ in Japanese, is a recurrent mystical motif in Ikemura’s work, representing rebirth, fertility and renewal. Her bronze sculpture, Usagi Kannon (Rabbit Bodhisattva of Mercy), produced in response to the Tōhoku earthquake and Fukushima nuclear accident of 2011, emanates compassion, engendering hope rather than despair. Usagi Kannon will stand in the Sainsbury Centre Sculpture Park from autumn 2021, providing a place of refuge to visitors wishing to shelter beneath its generous skirt.

Opening with a section dedicated to ‘Girls’, the exhibition features the artist’s ceramic and bronze figures alongside her enigmatic paintings and drawings from the 1990s. On canvas, her spirit-like figures swoop and dive. Ikemura’s girls are non-specific, ageless, hybrid human-animals: sensitive and innocent. When sculpted in clay, their branching torsos, multiple limbs and fragmented bodies transcend the limitations of the terrestrial world. The exhibition debuts previously unseen cast glass heads and busts, created in the last year, that show Ikemura extending the range of her multi-media practice.

Her atmospheric landscape paintings are cosmic-scapes or ‘psychic maps’. They depict desolate mountain scenes, sparsely populated with otherworldly figures that emerge and disintegrate in an ongoing process of transformation. Through these images, Ikemura reiterates her view on mortality: death is not an end, but a new beginning and is present in everything.

Ikemura is informed by diverse art histories: from East Asian ‘sansuiga’ landscape paintings, religious statuary and calligraphy, to European works by Francisco Goya, Ferdinand Hodler, Odilon Redon, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Emil Nolde and Medardo Rosso. These varied stylistic traditions become melded in Ikemura’s own distinctive language.

Leiko Ikemura’s art appeals to our imagination with its childlike purity. She says: “My message is a visual and sensual one, so the viewer could feel it’s very open to interpretation… The exhibition is not just about the works but making space so people can breathe and be with the works.”

The exhibition has been developed in collaboration with the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures to coincide with the Japan-UK Season of Culture. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue co-published by the Sainsbury Institute and the Sainsbury Centre.

Today's News

July 18, 2021

Maurizio Cattelan's new work pays visceral tribute to the pain of 9/11

As New York reopens, it looks for culture to lead the way

Gore queen Julia Ducournau wins Cannes top prize

Internationally renowned expert on Dutch ceramics Ella Schaap dies at age 108

New Getty exhibitions explore modern and contemporary landscape photography

Exhibition at Brian Gross Fine Art highlights important early works by Roy De Forest

Exhibition at Blum & Poe presents two new bodies of work by Pia Camil

Allan Reiver, who built a little urban oasis in New York, dies at 78

Exhibition presents Maya artworks recently discovered by archaeologists

Cannes breakout star Renate Reinsve wins best actress

The Box, Plymouth announces new public art commission by Camille Walala

Baltimore Museum of Art opens 'Women Behaving Badly: 400 Years of Power and Protest'

BASTIAN exhibits Jean Dubuffet's brightly coloured and wonderfully exuberant work, 'Site avec 5 personnages'

Leiko Ikemura's first exhibition in the UK opens at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

"The Voyage of Life: Art, Allegory, and Community Response" opens at Reynolda House Museum of American Art

'Feeding Black: Community, Power & Place' opens at Museum of London Docklands

Elvis Presley photograph inscribed to Ed Sullivan sold for $19,445 at auction

'The Mobile Feminist Library: In Words, In Action, In Connection' on view at MOSTYN, Wales

Bruce Silverstein Gallery opens an exhibition of new work by artist Brea Souders

Korean virus disaster flick has Cannes reaching for its masks

Jazz musicians unite with one goal: Celebrating Frank Kimbrough

Biz Markie, hip-hop's 'Just a Friend' clown prince, dies at 57

Springfield Art Museum opens summer 2021 focus exhibitions

Caleb Landry Jones, best actor at Cannes for playing mass killer

Dinner Gallery opens a two-person exhibition of new paintings by Rachael Tarravechia and Julia Jo

Introduction to Photography and Fine Art Printing

Tips Before Feasting On Casino Games

Why Are Dry Transfers and Lettering Good For Art Galleries?

How to Find Your Dominant Eye in 2 Easy Steps

Simple Tricks to Tell If a Diamond Is Real or Fake

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful