Brush Holder with Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove, China, 1700s. Bamboo. Denver Art Museum, Lutz Bamboo Collection, gift of Adelle Lutz and David Byrne. Photo by Erik Kvalsvik.

Depth & Detail: Carved Bamboo from China, Japan & Korea

August 25, 2013January 3, 2016
North Building - Level 5 — Included in general admission.

Depth and Detail: Carved Bamboo from China, Japan, and Korea showcases a variety of carved, cut, incised, and etched bamboo objects. The exhibition demonstrates how artists used bamboo, carving deeply through it to achieve different colors and textures. The intricate decoration of the items on view includes religious imagery as well as people, animals, birds, insects, plants, and landscapes that tell stories or have symbolic meaning.

See how artists used this strong and versatile material, inspired by poetry and literature, to construct containers, fans, hangings, writing implements, and other items.

Depth and Detail is located in the Walter + Mona Lutz Gallery on Level 5 of the North Building, a space designated for bamboo works from China, Japan, and Korea.

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The exhibition is made possible through the Adelle Lutz Endowment of the Denver Art Museum, as well as the contributions of the generous donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).