On July, 01, 2011 International Charity Fund “Alexander Feldman Fund” opened the exhibition “Towards the Land of the Rising Sun: culture and art of the Meiji Era” in Kharkiv


The exhibition features the best examples of Japanese artistic casting and metal plastic of second half of XIX – beginning of XX centuries from The Feldman Collection.

The new exhibition project not only continues the tradition of Alexander Feldman’s Fund – to get Ukrainian culture acquainted with cultural treasures of Japan, but is a manifestation of sympathy and friendly support of the Japanese people, who have recently suffered from a devastating natural disaster.

For the first time exhibiting the variety of metal art works, that are the highest achievements of art in the Meiji period, the organizers of the exhibition pay tribute to hard work, courage and fortitude of the Japanese people.

The base of the exhibition consists of small plastic works of bronze and silver, produced in the second half of XIX - early XX century. It was a difficult time for Japan: the end of self isolation of the country, the reforms, rapid modernization of society, the abolition of the samurais and prohibition of wearing weapons in public, the decline of weapon production and of some other types of traditional crafts.

However, the challenges have given an impulse for improvement and new rise. Samurai principles and values formed the basis of national education. And today, despite of the strikes of disaster and challenges of technological era, the Japanese people show the world the examples of the national spirit embodied in the Meiji period.

According to experts, the Meiji era became the time of the last bloom of national crafts. Japanese masters of metal in the period of tough competition turned to metal plastic, their works have highly successfully been demonstrated on International industrial exhibitions.

The pearl of the exhibition – the long-awaited bronze “Mother feeding baby” by master Udagava Kazuo, also known as the "Japanese Madonna."

The version of this statue made of bone was demonstrated on the exhibition "In the Shadow of Sakura" (2008). Now Kharkiv residents and visitors will be able to see the make made of bronze specifically for the World Expo 1904 in St. Louis (USA) and subsequently exhibited in London in 1910. The charming smile of Japanese Madonna attracts art historians, collectors and art lovers for the whole century.

The visitors will be able to get acquainted with the works of such famous masters of the Meiji era as Masatsune Kimura, Ichioka Shiun and Takagava Moritsugu. For the first time the works of Mia-o company will be presented; the company specialized in decorative plastic for decorating interiors in Europe at the end of the XIX century.

The visitors will be impressed not only by the high level of technique, but the plot variety of the presented art objects made of metal. The works of small plastic will be complemented by gracefully decorated daggers, tsuba and pipes for smoking – kiseru.

The Exhibition project of Alexander Feldman Fund also implies acquaintance of the visitors with other forms of Japanese culture. The exhibition program includes workshops on carving ivory, tea ceremony, martial arts, origami, calligraphy, kimono dressing, curatorial lectures and other cultural activities that contribute to the formation of the complete image of the Land of the Rising Sun, development of intercultural dialogue and implementation of educational function of art.