Art of Asia Gallery
The Museum is delighted to welcome back Ikebana of Arizona for the 36th annual presentation of flower arrangements in the Asian Gallery of Phoenix Art Museum!
Ikebana, literally "living flowers," is an ancient, disciplined art. Said to have begun in China, flower-arranging 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.
The strict rules and prescribed formal techniques that are a hallmark of most Japanese art forms serve as the foundation for the symbolic meanings inherent in ikebana, such as the unity of opposites and, ultimately, the harmonious ba... (View more)