Who is Koetsu?
Media Device for the Handscroll
Media Device for the Teabowl
One of the characteristics of traditional Japanese art is that it meant to be handled. In the modern museum setting, visitors do not have the opportunity to handle a teabowl or to unroll a handscroll. The purpose of the exhibition entitled "The Arts of Hon'ami Koetsu, Japanese Renaissance Master" is to educate and communicate the beauty of calligraphy, lacquer ware and ceramics, and for these reasons, we have attempted to use the latest multi-media technology to introduce a contemporary audience to the experience of viewing Japanese art.
Computer technology can help translate the traditional experience of holding a teabowl or rolling a handscroll and hearing the poetry recited. The multi-media programs developed by the International Academy of Media Arts and Sciences, in cooperation with the Philadelphia Museum of Art propose to give an American audience a new appreciation of the Japanese cultural heritage.
About Hon'ami Koetsu
Hon'ami Koetsu(1558-1637) was one the "Three Great Brushes of the Kan'ei Era", excelling not only in calligraphy, but also book and lacquer design, as well as ceramics. From the handscrolls created with the collaboration of Tawaraya Sotatsu later artists such as Kourin and Kenzan took their inspiration, becoming known as the "Rimpa" school. The arts of Koetsu combined beauty with practically, as they were meant to be used and handled. The Rimpa tradition embodies the esthetic ideals, which were to become parts of the Japanese sense of beauty.
Two of the objects in the Hon'ami Koetsu exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (July 29 - October 29, 2000) have been chosen for the Multi-media project at IAMAS, the handscroll of Poetry over Design of Cranes ("Tsuru shita-e wakakan") and the black Raku ware teabowl named "Shichiri." The project is being overseen by the Executive Committee of the Hon'ami Koetsu Multi-media Project, and the programs will be created by the staff and students of the International Academy of Media Arts and Sciences (IAMAS), to be shown in conjunction with the exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from July 29-October 29, 2000.
This project is supported in part by grants from The Juroku Bank, Ltd., The Juroku Bank Regional of Promotion Foundation, and Itochu International. Partial donation of equipment from Sony Corp., USA and MicroWarehouse. The teabowl prototype project was supported by the Information-Technology Promotion Agency, Japan and the Multimedia Association of Japan.