Asian Art in Brussels, 5-9 June 2013

AAB-TakarabuneNext week Brussels provides a home for numerous Asian art galleries during Asian Art in Brussels (AAB),  5-9 June 2013. The galleries around the Sablon/Zavel area transform into venues for Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian art.
Asian Art in Brussels is the first edition of the event that was previously organized under the name Brussels Oriental Art (BOA).

Participating Japanese art dealers are Mingei Arts gallery (Paris); Helena Markus (Milan); Duchange & Riche (Brussels);  Kitsune Japanese art (Brussels) and Kyoto Gallery (Brussels).
This last gallery published a work of art with an interesting provenance in the  AAB catalogue: a 19th century treasure ship (takurabune) with silver details on a gold lacquer stand, which once was in the collection of the National Museum for Ethnology, Leiden. It was acquired by the museum in 1896 from the Dutch art dealer Dirk Boer. This obviously raises the question why and since when this piece is not in the Leiden museum anymore and I am curious to learn more about the history of this treasure ship.

As part of Asian Art Brussels  the lecture program ArtConnaisseurs is organized and on 6 June Japanese art dealer Max Rutherston (Rutherston & Bandini Ltd, London) will present a talk on netsuke: How hate turned to love? …the powerful impact of netsuke.

For more information, check out the Asian Art in Brussels website.