Outsize flower basket for ikebana, 2008
MATSUMOTO Hafū (b. 1952)
Bamboo madake
Ø : 80 cm – H : 52 cm

This work was exhibited and published (New Bamboo: Contemporary Japanese Masters, Joe Earle, Yale University Press, ISBN-13: 978-0300141412) by the Japan Society Gallery, New-York (2008-2009) and by the Clark Center for Japanese Art, Handford, California (2009).

MATSUMOTO Hafū was born in Haneda, Tokyo. He was, from 1972, one of the last two disciples of the great master IIZUKA Shokansai (1919-2004), former Living National Treasure, and masters to perfection the art of stripping, flattening and shaping very large pieces of bamboo, techniques invented by the Iizuka family.
After Matsumoto became independent from his master, he opened his own studio in Tokyo, before settling in 1988 in Tateyama, in Chiba peninsula. In 1996, he participated to an exhibition group in New York. His first solo exhibition was held in 2001 at Daimaru Department Store in Tokyo. In 2004 he was awarded the second prize of Cotsen Bamboo Awards, and the following year won the Rooky Prize at the 54th Exhibition of Japanese Traditional Arts (Nihon Kogeikai), and in 2007 the Governor of Tokyo Prize, at the best price Exhibition of Traditional Arts of West Japan. He was invited in 2009 at the Oita museum during the exhibition “New Bamboo – Great Contemporary Japanese Artists“, and exhibited his work in 2011 in Oita for the event “Memorial Exhibition of the National Treasure IIZUKA Shokansai”