Feb 20th, 2017

The Association of Free Mind Laboratory of Ideas of Alexandria, is pleased to host the third and final stage of Eternal Seasons in the Palace of Monferrato. 円 環 す る 季節. Poetic correspondences between
byōbu ancient Japanese and contemporary artists, the exhibition weaves an unusual dialogue and discussion between a collection of antique Japanese screens and sensitivity of contemporary visual research expressed by the works of Japanese, Italian and European artists.

This exhibition, organized in collaboration with Japanese Screens – Galleria Nobili in Milan, takes advantage of the patronage of the Embassy of Japan, Consulate General of Japan in Milan and many more important organisations.

Six-panel japanese folding screen with flowers, birds and bamboo fence

Eternal Seasons. 円 環 す る 季節 is configured as a journey through history and space and is the result of experimental research, which brings the ancient art of a distant country to be re-interpreted, or view the affinity through the works of contemporary artists – Italian, Japanese and European – of very different generations, demonstrating how the distances and boundaries of cultures are never so deep and separated at a more careful and profound reading.

The byobu (in Japan the “traditional screens”), great masterpieces of art of the craftsmen of the past, fragile and strong at the same time, essential and at the same time poetic and preciously lyrical, have always been an integral part of everyday Japanese traditional culture, populate since centuries the houses, dividing spaces, creating environments, generating rhythms, opening up visions and explaining the meanings of stories and myths. Their ephemeral delicacy is combined with the rarefied formal perfection of their accomplishments and demonstrates the charge of concentrated know precisely the cultural sensitivity of the country of the rising sun.

Six-panel folding screens with pines on the seashore

It creates in the public eye a dynamic and surprising path, where ancient and contemporary, East and West, creating harmonic and poetic collisions. This exhibition, therefore, does not separate fields and contexts, not divides attitudes and specificity, but unites and draws, the cultural sphere, as one of the most profound human experience that touches the sensitive chords of the mind and soul.