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Appleton Museum of Art Celebrates Japanese Culture in Two New Exhibits

Oct. 28, 2013

Japan is coming to the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, Jan. 18, 2014, when two new exhibits open.

In “A Celebration of Japan,” more than 150 works on loan from the Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan., join pieces from the Appleton’s permanent collection to provide a full spectrum of the breadth and quality of traditional Japanese art and decoration.

From the Mulvane’s collection come Japanese woodblock prints by masters such as Harunobu, Hiroshige, Kuniyoshi and Utamaru. The famous “Fifty-three Views of the Tokaido Highway”series by Hiroshige will be joined by fine examples of Japanese sword guards (tsubas) and pen and ink writing sets (yatates).

These will be combined with swords, kimonos, netsukes or kimono toggles, a lacquered palanquin (hand-carried sedan chair for Japanese nobility), Hino dolls and many other works of Japanese sculpture and decorative arts from the Appleton’s collection.  

The Mulvane Art Museum’s collection was assembled in Japan during 1926-1927 by Robert F.W. Whitcomb. Whitcomb, a 1915 graduate of Washburn University, spent many years in Japan as a branch officer for a New York bank. He donated his collection to the Mulvane Art Museum in 1975. 

In conjunction with “A Celebration of Japan,” the Appleton will showcase bonsai from members of the Marion Bonsai Society in “The Living Art of Bonsai.” Bonsai is a traditional Japanese art form in which potted plants, often trees or shrubs, are trained into an artistic shape.

The exhibits continue through April 13. Daily admission to the Appleton Museum is $6 for adults; $4 for seniors 55 or better and students 19 and over; $3 for youths ages 10-18; and free for members, CF students, children age 9 and under, and active military personnel and their immediate families. Please use the Rotunda Entrance during the Appleton’s lobby renovation project.

In addition, the Appleton Museum of Art offers a permanent collection of European, American and Contemporary art, plus Asian, African, Islamic and pre-Columbian artifacts and antiquities. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays and closed on Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. A 12-month membership is available for $25 for seniors 55 and over, $30 for adults 18 and over, $40 for two seniors over age 55, $50 for a family of two adults and any children under age 18, and $15 for all college students and current or retired educators. Owned and operated by College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on SR40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). For more information call the Appleton Museum of Art at 352-291-4455 or visit www.AppletonMuseum.org.

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