Intimate Landscapes: Masterpieces from the Anderson Collection features a selection of exquisitely crafted ceramic art by Living National Treasures and other luminous masters from the renowned collection of Dr. Richard Anderson, a longtime member and volunteer at Portland Japanese Garden. These expertly crafted artworks connect the ancient art of pottery with a reverence for nature (More on Anderson and his collection here).
The Living National Treasure designation is an honor bestowed on individuals who have mastered their craft or art form and therefore help to preserve Japanese cultural heritage. Established in 1955, this designation is the highest honor in Japanese culture and is seen as the pinnacle of one’s career.
The objects in this exhibition include predominantly guinomi (sake cups) and tokkuri (sake flasks), a reflection of Dr. Anderson’s appreciation for this communal practice of sharing a drink in Japanese culture. Values of community and mutual respect are inherent in this cultural tradition and resonate with Portland Japanese Garden’s mission of inspiring harmony and peace.
Exhibited within the Calvin and Mayho Tanabe Gallery, these works evoke the natural wonders of Portland Japanese Garden through the botanical and landscape motifs woven throughout these masterful artworks.
This exhibition is made possible through the personal collection and courtesy of Portland Japanese Garden volunteer, Dr. Richard Anderson.