March 31 to June 30, 2019

Nobuyuki Tanaka - Primordial Memories

Nobuyuki Tanaka, one of Japan’s most creative artists in the technique of lacquer, combines a millennia-old technology with contemporary form and expression. For his innovative sculptural works Tanaka draws inspiration from natural phenomena and the human body. Some of his pieces evoke the impression of freely floating forms; others appear to be massive and convey an organic impression and skinlike surface. Clearly in reference for the color scheme of traditional lacquer ware, the space-taking, amorphous structures feature either a high-gloss black or red, or a fiery mélange of both colors.
Together with the Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern, the Museum of Lacquer Art in Münster presents Nobuyuki Tanaka’s works for the first time in Europe.