Beauty Given By Grace: The Biblical Prints of Sadao Watanabe

Beauty Given By Grace: The Biblical Prints of Sadao Watanabe
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Date/Time
Date(s) - 01/09/2018 - 02/21/2018
All Day

Location
Duke University Chapel

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Duke Initiatives in Theology & the Arts (DITA) at Duke Divinity School is partnering with Duke University Chapel to host a historical traveling exhibition of Japanese artist Sadao Watanabe’s portrayals of over 50 biblical scenes and themes.

Watanabe converted to Christianity at the age of 17 and received worldwide acclaim for his work exploring Christian themes through traditional Japanese folk art. On loan from the Christians in the Visual Arts(CIVA) organization, the exhibition will feature original momogiami and washi prints, cards, and calendars from the collections of Sandra Bowden and John A. Kohan.

The works will be on display in the Duke University Chapel. The free exhibition is open to the public.

CANCELLED: Sadao Watanabe Vespers and Opening Reception

CANCELLED: Sadao Watanabe Vespers and Opening Reception
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Date/Time
Date(s) - 01/18/2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location
Duke University Chapel

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Due to inclement weather, this event has been cancelled.

Duke Initiatives in Theology & the Arts (DITA) at Duke Divinity School is partnering with Duke University Chapel to host a historical traveling exhibition of Japanese artist Sadao Watanabe’s portrayals of over 50 biblical scenes and themes.

The Biblical Prints of Sadao Watanabe, a series of fifty stencil prints, calendars and cards on biblical themes by Japan’s foremost Christian artist Sadao Watanabe (1913-1996). The art will be displayed at Duke University Chapel from January 9 through February 21, 2018. A community reception will be held at 7:00 p.m. January 18, 2018 in the Chapel’s narthex (entryway).

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Interested in communicating his Christian beliefs to other Japanese, Watanabe translated biblical narratives into Japanese settings using the traditional Japanese folk art of katazome stencil dying. The resulting body of art is revered as a valuable contribution to the history of Christian art, and his prints are in many international collections including the Vatican Museum, National Galleries in Washington, DC and London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo.

Watanabe’s fame notwithstanding, the artist’s chief desire was to create art that could be displayed in ordinary settings and was accessible to a wide audience. Beauty Given by Grace fulfills Watanabe’s wish, as it travels to different venues across the North America.