The Japanese art history is one of the most embraced art histories in the entire world mainly because of the diverse collections in the field. The history of the Japanese art vividly gives evidence of the past history. Through keen study of the art history, various hidden and factual details concerning Japan are revealed. The culture and the traditional acts of Japanese people are also exposed through the exhibition of the available artifacts. For this reason, as a curator of Japan in Los Angeles, I will present the different art materials to illustrate the history of Japanese. This is will be enhanced through an exhibition which I will conduct in Los Angeles. The theme of the art exhibition will be, seeing through display: motion and material focusing on the Japanese history.
The exhibition will take place in one of the greatest museums in California, Los Angeles County Museum of art (LACMA). I preferred to select the specific museum since it is well known and is centrally located in Los Angeles. This will make it easier for almost all the targeted people to attend the exhibition. The exhibition is mostly targeting the youths, since it is noted that very few young people in Los Angeles are well versed with Japanese History.
The exhibition will be unique from other exhibitions since it will cover a wide range of Japanese history. Some of the aspects that will be presented to the viewers at the exhibition encompass of; Japanese historical paintings from different artists which will give more details concerning the history of Japan as a nation and its people, traditional fine art will also be included in the exhibition. The traditional fine art will comprise of the different tools that were used traditionally by the ancient Japanese people. Fine art photographs from different Japanese museums and visual arts will also be featured in the exhibition. Since the exhibition will be targeting young people, visual art will also be used to promote the understanding of the young people.
Memo to staff members
The manner in which the art pieces will be arranged in the exhibition will be of great importance. Proper presentation of the pieces should be maintained to ensure that all viewers are capable of observing each piece. The different portraits will be displayed separately on the wall. This is to enable the viewers to identify the different meaning and illustration of each picture. The traditional fine art pieces will be arranged in shelves and will contain labels. The labels are extremely essential to give the meaning of each of the picture.
However, the centerpiece will be positioned on a single table. A detailed description and meaning of the great wave portrait should be displayed on a visual board. The kind of lighting should be carefully selected to reduce the damage of the artifacts by the light intensity. For this reason, muted light in half darkness will be used to reduce the impact of the rays on the various artifacts. The viewers should be received and served appropriately. Questions asked by the viewers should be well answered and explained to the viewer’s satisfaction. All the staff members should be active and ready to take good care of the viewers. However, no viewer is allowed to touch the artifacts without authority from the staff members.
The centerpiece of the exhibition that will take place in the Los Angeles County Museum of art will be the great wave portrait which was painted by Hokusai. The portrait is also referred to as the breaking wave off Kanagawa and gives displays the deep seas of Japan and the highest point in Japan, Fuji Mountain. The woodblock print will be obtained from the Hakone Museum which is located in Japan. The picture represents a combination of the seascape of Japan and Fuji Mountain. The portrait reveals depicts the waves of the seas and a distant Mountain, Fuji. The water wave is also higher than the mountain.
In the background, the picture also illustrates fishermen who are struggling to fish. Through the picture, the viewer is informed that the Japanese depend on fishing as source of income. The picture also identifies the struggle that the Japanese people undergo through. This is symbolized by the large wave which is higher than the mountain and about to cover the fishermen who are actually struggling to fish.
Picture discussed in Question 3
The Great Wave, by Hokusai