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Washi Transformed: New Expressions in Japanese Paper

February 2 - April 26

Washi, which translates to “Japanese paper” has been integral to Japanese culture for over a thousand years. The strength, translucency, and malleability of this one-of-a-kind paper have made it extraordinarily versatile as well as ubiquitous. Despite the increased mechanization of papermaking in Japan over the last century, contemporary Japanese artists have turned to washi to express their artistic visions. The thirty-seven artworks and installations by nine artists in this exhibition epitomize the potential of this traditional medium.

Image: Kakuko Ishii, Musubu W1, 2007, Washi paper (Mizuhiki); Image: © Kakuko Ishii


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