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Madhubani Folk Art from India

July 8 – August 9, 2002

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

Madhubani painting, also known as Mithila painting, has its origins in the Madubani district of Bihar, northern India. This was traditionally a woman’s ritual art composed of geometrical forms and magico-religious symbols, which were handed down through generations from mother to daughter. Originally painted on mud and dung plastered walls and floors to invoke the blessings of the goddess, or inscribed on bridal chamber walls to endow newly wedded couples with fertility. Madhubani painting today has retained many of its traditional elements, but has also undergone a transformation.

This exhibit is divided into three sections: The first part reveals the skillful and intricate line drawing of the Kayasth tradition. The second shows the colourful work of the Brahmin school, which specializes in depicting scenes from Hindu mythology, and specifically images of the beloved goddesses Kali, Durga, and Gauri. The third group, the Dusadh or Tattoo school, not only derives inspiration from ancient tattoo motifs, but also from Dusadh mythology and rural life.

Japanese Pottery and Tradition

April 2 – April 30, 1995

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

Curated by Hasebe Mitsuhiko, chief curator of the Crafts Gallery, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.

Sixty-six works by contemporary Japanese potters, artists of first rank in their field whom the government recognizes as masters of traditional craft techniques. One highlight of the exhibit is three works by the late Shoji Hamada, an internationally renowned potter and pioneer of Japans modern ceramics scene.

Chinese Lacquer Painting

July 25 – August 29, 1993

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

The exhibition Chinese Lacquer Paintings is a travelling exhibition organized by the Department of Communications, Ottawa, from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China. It is an exhibition of 41 modern lacquer paintings.

During the 1960s the Chinese lacquer painting made a breakthrough away from the realm of arts and crafts. Lacquer paintings were used to express the modern concepts of aesthetics, to depict the lives of the modern times and the emotions of the painters. As this means of painting is easy to manipulate and low in cost it has won instant favour from the public, with natural lacquer and synthetic lacquer complementing each other and promoting each other. Pieces of lacquer painting works started to find their way into a series of exhibitions of fine arts held both at home and abroad. 1980s has seen a rapid development of lacquer paintings.