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Beauty of Mending

Kintsugi and Beyond

November 30, 2024 - May 25, 2025 Curated by Dr. Heng Wu, Curator of Asian Art

As Leonard Cohen wrote, “there is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”

Beauty of Mending features kintsugi, a traditional craft of repairing shattered ceramics with lacquer and gold. Showcasing intricately restored pieces by Kintsugi artist Naoko Fukumaru, you are invited to witness the transformation of cracked or flawed items into exquisite works of art. The artistry of mending not only highlights the beauty of imperfection but also encourages reflection on resilience and acceptance. Complimenting these works will be selected pieces from the AGGV Collection, such as ice-crackle patterned porcelains, and paintings with “accidental” strokes that celebrate this philosophy. Join us in exploring how imperfection can reveal unexpected beauty and profound meaning.

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Images (L-R): Naoko Fukumaru, Bowels of The Earth - Fire and Water, 2020 1960s Kyoto earthenware, Urushi lacquer, and 24K gold Diameter 12cm, Naoko Fukumaru, Sphere, 2020 600CE Pre-Columbian Peruvian Chimu Blackware earthenware, Urushi lacquer, and 24K gold, height 18cm, Naoko Fukumaru, The Light of Autumn, 2021 1820s reishi mushroom, Urushi lacquer, and 24K gold, 17cm x 12cm.
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