Ikebana of Arizona

Friday, February 9 | 10 am - 5 pm
Saturday, February 10 | 10 am - 5 pm*
Sunday, February 11 | noon - 5 pm*

*Please note: viewing hours on the 10th and 11th are part of Discount Tire Free Family Weekend, when entrance to the Museum is free.

For the thirty-ninth year, the Museum is delighted to welcome back Ikebana of Arizona for a special presentation of ikebana arrangements in the Art of Asia galleries!

Ikebana, or "living flowers," is the ancient, disciplined Japanese art of flower arranging. Originating in China, this practice arrived in Japan with the introduction of Buddhism in the 6th century. Over time, the art form shed its religious mantle and came to be practiced by people from many levels of society.

Like many Japanese art forms, strict rules and prescribed formal techniques characterize ikebana arrangements, and serve as the foundation for symbolic meanings such as the unity of opposites and, ultimately, the harmonious balance between heaven, earth and humanity. Unlike the Western idea of floral arrangement as a collection of colorful blooms, ikebana accentuates stems and leaves, drawing emphasis toward shape, line and form, and embracing the spare, poetic beauty of line.   

The floral works on view will represent several schools of ikebana and a range of styles dating from the 15th century to the present.

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