Free Jun Kaneko Art Exhibit in Chicago’s Millennium Park

on July 5, 2013

Kaneko Sculptures

A free Jun Kaneko art exhibit at Chicago’s North Boeing Gallery features the work of one of the most renowned Japanese sculptors around.

The exhibit focuses upon the Kaneko’s muse of the Tanuki figure. The Tanuki is considered a joker who causes unparalleled chaos in both the human and supernatural worlds and is commonly depicted as a badger.

Kaneko’s figures feature elements of Japanese culture and mythology but are truly inspired by American tradition. The artist is known for using Dangos (meaning “rounded form” or “dumpling” in Japanese).

Kaneko also has designed sets and costumes for opera performances including Opera Omaha’s Madame Butterfly (2006) and San Francisco Opera’s The Magic Flute (2012).

The artist’s work is featured in more than 40 museum collections including the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Hawaii State Art Museum, the Museum of Nebraska Art, Scripps College and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Kaneko has been honored with national, state, and organization fellowships and an honorary doctorate from the Royal College of Art in London.

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The exhibit is open until November 3.