Japan Arts and Life

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Among the many ways one can approach a distant country, there are studies, travel, and a special sensitivity that allow a person to distinctly interpret the reasons behind a culture. In the case of Jeffrey Montgomery and his splendid collection all three of these elements interact in a surprisingly harmonious way. The works he has collected during his lifetime lead to the very heart of Japanese art, accompanying us on a fascinating journey to discover the aesthetic ideals of a civilisation that goes back millennia. Published on the occasion of the exhibition in Lugano, the volume presents 170 works from the period between the 12th and 20th centuries - including textiles, furniture, paintings, religious and everyday-objects - carefully selected from the over 1000 objects collected over a lifetime by Jeffrey Montgomery.