Leiko Ikemura: Usagi in Wonderland11 July -12 December 2021
Tickets: £8 or FREE for Members and UEA/NUA Student Members
50% off for under 18's, full-time students & Art Fund Members
Tickets must be pre-booked before arrival with a specific time slot
Due to restricted numbers, we are currently not able to offer group visits
There is restricted access to wheelchair users on the Mezzanine Gallery*
Japanese-Swiss artist, Leiko Ikemura, presents a selection of paintings, sculptures, drawings and photography in her first UK exhibition. Ikemura has selected 50 works that span three decades of her career. Her art appeals to our imagination with its childlike purity.
The exhibition’s dominant theme is the connectivity of all aspects of nature, be it human, animal, plant or mineral, in an eternal circle of life. Through her fantastical figures and primeval landscapes, Ikemura explores fragility, transience and slow evolutionary change – choosing to address environmental issues from an empathetic, global perspective.
Usagi, meaning ‘rabbit’ in Japanese, is a recurrent mystical motif in Ikemura’s work, representing rebirth, fertility and renewal. Her bronze sculpture, Usagi Kannon (Rabbit Bodhisattva of Mercy), will stand in the Sainsbury Centre Sculpture Park from autumn 2021, providing a place of refuge to visitors wishing to shelter beneath its generous skirt.
The exhibition has been developed in collaboration with the Sainsbury Institute to coincide with the Japan-UK Season of Culture.
Image Credit: Trees out of Head, Leiko Ikemura, 2015/20 © Leiko Ikemura and VG Bild-Kunst 2021
Quote from Leiko Ikemura.
The Sainsbury Centre is accessible to disabled visitors including those with limited mobility and those accompanying them, with the exception of the Mezzanine Gallery where this exhibition is displayed. The Sainsbury Centre is a Grade II* Listed building. Due to Fire Safety regulations, we regret we are unable to allow visitors access to the Mezzanine Gallery who are unable to independently navigate the steep spiral staircase in the event of an evacuation. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
“My message is a visual and sensual one, so the viewer could feel it’s very open to interpretation… The exhibition is not just about the works but making space so people can breathe and be with art”