This summer, the Garden’s new Tanabe Gallery will host an exhibition of Japanese Bamboo baskets on loan from long-time Garden member and local collector, Peter Shinbach.
Shinbach’s interest in Japanese art and culture goes back to his high school days when he was given the choice of studying either Asian or Russian history. He wisely chose the former. He became interested in Japanese bamboo art about twenty years ago and began collecting traditional bamboo baskets and more contemporary sculptural pieces about 15 years ago. The varied collection includes works from the late 19th Century through the present day. It ranges from traditional baskets created primarily for flower arrangements to very contemporary sculptural pieces. The exhibition will include several items created by 20th and 21st Century Living National Treasures.