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Toriawase: A Special Installation of Modern Japannese Art and Ceramics

January 31, 2020 at 8:00 am - July 26, 2020 at 5:00 pm

Toriawase is a Japanese concept that loosely means to choose and combine objects with exquisite care. This special installation approaches the combination of modern art and ceramics in this spirit, aiming less for a historical or scholarly approach and more for an intuitive, experiential orchestration of relationships and correspondences. Modern and contemporary Japanese painting and sculpture are not often displayed or considered alongside ceramics of the same period. The exhibition draws on the Ackland’s holdings, as well as three major private collections: James Keith Brown ’84 and Eric Diefenbach, Mina Levin and Ronald Schwarz, and Carol and Jeffrey Horvitz.

This special installation has been organized by Peter Nisbet, deputy director for Curatorial Affairs, and Nathan Marzen, head of exhibition design and installation, with the assistance of Daniele Lauro, a recent graduate from the doctoral program in the History Department at UNC-Chapel Hill and 2019 Richard Bland Fellow at the Ackland Art Museum.


Because of the Museum’s temporary closure, this exhibition has been extended through July 26, 2020. Until the Ackland reopens to the public, a number of online features are available that can help give a sense of the show.

– Simple 360 degree video views of the exhibition

Text of the exhibition introduction and the commentaries on the forty works of art in the show, with illustrations

– For photographs of the installation


January 31, 2020 at 8:00 am
July 26, 2020 at 5:00 pm
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