Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens Presents New Exhibit Japanese Design for the Senses: Beauty, Form and Function

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens will pay tribute to the inherent beauty, form and function in Japanese craft and design with a three-part exhibit, Japanese Design for the Senses: Beauty, Form and Function, on view Sept. 20, 2014 — Jan. 18, 2015.

Each exhibit’s components will relate to the theme of Japanese design aesthetics, featuring objects that touch the human senses visually and spatially, with each work designed and crafted to be both beautiful and functional.

The first component of the exhibition, Touch of Gold: Lacquerware Boxes and the Paintings of Elaine Ehrenkranz, will feature the comprehensive Japanese lacquerware box collection of abstract expressionist painter Ehrenkranz. The boxes’ origins range from the 15th- to mid-19th century and were given to Harvard University Art Museums in 1997 and the Morikami in 2013. This exhibition will highlight Ehrenkranz’s remarkable gift to Morikami.

Ma: Defining Space: Studio Furniture of Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji will be the second component of the exhibit. Zeltserman-Miyaji’s elegant shelving and storage systems accentuate the Japanese design and furniture aesthetics’ simple yet refined beauty of form and function. Organized by Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, this component explores various types of Japanese furniture such as the chigai-dana, a portable, free-standing bookcase used to store and display scrolls, books, tea utensils and decorative objects.

The last component of the exhibit will embody the hallmark of Japanese aesthetics. Katachi: The Essence of Aesthetic Form and Function in Japanese Furniture draws upon the harmonious balance of beautiful form, fine workmanship and everyday functionality. Pieces from Morikami’s collection of 19th- and 20th-century Japanese furnishings, such as decorative folding screens, storage chests and lamps, will make an appearance. Pieces from renowned furniture maker George Nakashima (1905-1990), an innovator of 20th century furniture design and a founder of the American Craft Movement, will also be a part of the collection.

The exhibit is free with paid admission to the museum and gardens.

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens has been a center for Japanese arts and culture in South Florida since its opening in 1977. The Morikami invites guests to discover South Florida’s heritage and its connection with Japan, explore a series of six diverse gardens inspired by a different historical period and style of Japanese gardening. Experience traditional and contemporary Japanese culture through world-class exhibits, varied educational programs and seasonal events, bonsai display, pan-Asian cuisine and a distinctive Museum Store. Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The Morikami is located at 4000 Morikami Park Road in Delray Beach, Florida. For more information about the Morikami, its exhibitions, programs and events, visit or call 561-495-0233.