Embassy of Japan
March 28, 2018 through May 25, 2018
Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan
1150 18th Street Northwest
Suite 100
Washington DC 20036

Evolving Traditions - Paintings of Wonder from Japan

Opening Lecture & Exhibition
Part of the 2018 National Cherry Blossom Festival


The world of art and aesthetics is one that is in constant motion: eternally evolving with the introduction of modern concepts, materials, and processes, yet firmly rooted in cultural heritage and tradition. Learn about the history of the ever-evolving painting styles of Japan with this informative lecture that marks the opening of Evolving Traditions: Paintings of Wonder from Japan, an exhibition of captivating works by modern artist Yuki Ideguchi alongside rarely-seen masterpieces of traditional Japanese paintings from the Embassy collection.

In this lecture, artist Yuki Ideguchi and Director of PIGMENT Materials Lab, Dr. Kei Iwaizumi, will take visitors on a journey through the history of traditional paintings in Japan and the beautiful pigments and materials instrumental to their creation.

Free Event, Registration is Required.

Banner Image: "Japan Celebration 2015" © Yuki Ideguchi

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

In the event of a cancellation, please contact us at jicc@ws.mofa.go.jp.


Program begins at 6:30PM.

Doors open 30 minutes before the program. No admittance after 7:00PM or once seating is full.


Registered guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis. Please note that seating is limited and registration does not guarantee a seat.


The Evolving Traditions: Paintings of Wonder from Japan exhibition will be on display starting March 28, 2018 through May 25, 2018 during regular JICC hours, 9AM to 5PM, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.



About the Presenters


Profile Image of Yuki Ideguchi, black and white photography

Yuki Ideguchi

Born in 1986, Yuki Ideguchi is a contemporary New-York based artist who graduated in 2013 with an MFA in Japanese Painting from Tokyo University of the Arts. Ideguchi's works are a fusion of traditional Japanese painting techniques and modern images, themes, and practices. He  often incorporates motifs of Japanese nature, life and death, and the cyclical nature of history and culture into his works.


 Profile Image of Dr. Kei Iwaizumi, color photograph

Dr. Kei Iwaizumi

With 4,500 colors, over 200 classic inks, and 50 types of glue, PIGMENT Materials Lab carefully selects and sells rare and quality painting materials. Dr. Kei Iwaizumi is the head of PIGMENT, an expert on painting materials, and a lecturer at the Kyoto University of Art and Design. Dr. Iwaizumi instructs on and researches a variety of painting materials with a focus on glue, while continuing to work as an artist exploring the boundaries of pigment application.




You are invited to

Exhibition Opening: Evolving Traditions - Paintings of Wonder from Japan


Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)


Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan

1150 18th Street Northwest

Suite 100

Washington DC 20036 US

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