Mirai eno kibou



Mirai eno kibou
Okimono called “Hope for the Future”
TANABE Chikuunsai III (1940-2014)
Ancient bamboo arrows
W. 27.6 in (70cm) – L. 19.7 in (50cm) – H. 19.7 in (50cm)

Tanabe Chikuunsai III was born Hisao in the city of Sakai (Osaka Prefecture) as the son of Chikuunsai II. In his youth, he wove baskets made from bamboo strips his father had discarded, and his favorite pastime was splitting and plaiting bamboo with his father’s students. Later, he learned the bamboo arts from Shochikusai, who was the best student of his grand-father, Chikuunsai I. Upon graduation from Musashino Art University (Department of Industrial Craft Design), he returned to Sakai City and continued his studies of the bamboo arts under Tsukayoshi Tadayoshi, another of Chikuunsai I’s students.
He was admitted for the first time in 1965 to the Japanese Modern Art Exhibition and Nitten, Japan Arts Exhibition, and his exhibited piece was purchased by the Japanese Government. In 1969, he was given the name of Shōchiku by Chikuunsai II. In 1974, his Nitten piece called “Ho”, or “square”, was purchased by the Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art. In 1991, at the age of 51, he took the name of Chikuunsai III. His work has been shown abroad (Boston, New York, San Francisco, New Zealand, Korea, Thailand, etc.) as well as in Japan.