The new Japanese design of the Honolulu Museum of Art: Rinpa

The Honolulu Museum of Art presents a new exhibition on Japanese design. On view until October 9, 2022, this exhibition explores the profound influence Japanese design has had on international aesthetics, with nearly a dozen works from HoMA’s permanent collection spanning more than two centuries of history. Japanese design.

Rinpa-style design resonates with tradition and continues to influence Japanese art and design today.

“Rinpa-style design is characterized by compositional features such as asymmetry, innovative color combinations, contrasting patterns, and semi-abstraction,” explained Shawn Eichman, Curator of Asian Art. “Rinpa artists drew on historical foundations to introduce a new sense of aesthetics that infused art into all aspects of life, such as poetry, tea drinking, and garden design.”

This is a special exhibition consisting of works from the museum’s permanent collection. Since the museum was founded in 1927, Asian art has been at the center of the collection.

“We have dedicated galleries in Japan, China, Korea, India, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, and the Philippines,” Eichman said. “The collection is particularly rich in Chinese and Japanese paintings, Korean ceramics, Buddhist and Shinto sculptures, sculptures and decorative arts from South and Southeast Asia, and textiles from all over Asia.”

Another exhibition coming up in August is called Rêveries and will feature the works of contemporary Chinese painter Hung Liu.

“We also have some new ukiyo-e, Japanese woodblock prints, exhibits rotating in our dedicated woodblock gallery this summer,” explained Catherine Whitney, Director of Curatorial Affairs. “And beyond the Asian art, we’re really excited about an exhibition called Honolulu Cityscapes: 1850 opening, with artwork offering a glimpse of what Honolulu looked like at that time. And stay tuned for news on some of the great fall exhibits we’ll be sharing soon – lots of exciting stuff planned for the months ahead.

Visit the HoMA website at for details on upcoming exhibits and events.

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