World-renowned artist Ikuo Hirayama won critical acclaim as a modern master of Nihonga, or Japanese style painting, but his talent as a print maker is no less worthy of awe. Known for his ethereal depictions of the Silk Road, as well as his leading efforts to preserve and restore the world's cultural heritage, Hirayama developed a unique style as he explored themes relating to Buddhism and its long journey to Japan.
This winter, in memoriam of the second anniversary of his passing, the Japan Information and Culture Center is pleased to present a selection of Hirayama's silkscreens, woodblock prints, and etchings from the Embassy's own collection. The exhibit takes viewers on a visual journey from the origins of many of Japan's cultural traditions along the Silk Road to Japan itself-from the Blue Mosque of Istanbul to the inner sanctuary atop Japan's Mt. Koya. Road of Destiny: Ikuo Hirayama's Silk Road speaks to the artist's passion for celebrating the common elements that bind cultures together.
This exhibition is free and open to the public. The gallery is open for self-guided tours Monday through Friday, from 9:00am to 5:00pm. As a reminder, the JICC will be closed on Monday, January 16th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday