The biggest Danish bonsai event took place Saturday the 6th, may 2017. A wonderful day with great people and small trees. The Danish Bonsai Society has this spring event every year. This year my local group Fuchi Bonsai hosted the event, and it seems at it was well received. Here a few pics of the event. More will follow this week.
There are awards given at Noelanders Trophy and EBA as it is a tradition. Within the next days (starting sometime next week after a work travel to Berlin), I will comment on some of the entries. That will not be a judging, but a description of selected displays where I hope the words can give something extra to the experience of viewing a shohin display.
It is important to differ between a display set up for a competition exhibition, and a private or a tokonoma display. The exhibition display has to do with presenting the trees for judging best possible. The overall display must be in harmony and each tree be in best possible condition appealing and convincing the viewer.
A private or a tokonoma display is set up for a different viewing experience. It has not the goal of impressing as its main purpose, but still telling a story, often more silently. Here trees might be used that are not of the same character as the ones chosen for an exhibition and to be judged. It can be a tree with a more downplayed expression and a much more melancholic expression. Competitions often forces more colour and a vibrant expression than the tokonoma display. The tokonoma display is oppositely requiring a more silent and peaceful show of nature and the time of year, and in a freer form than the traditional used at exhibitions. It might even be almost vanishing and humble in its expression.
To the shohin winners at Noelanders and EBA 2017. Classic 7 point displays was chosen. Again it is Rita and Mark Cooper who wins (third time in a row) the prestigious first place at Noelanders. Congratulations 🙂
Noelanders nominee goes to Jose Acuna Croz.
The EBA awarded Bruno Wijman for a simple shohin display.
In Japan is this year a very special bonsai art exhibition and performance taking place. Different artist, photographers, graphic designers i.e. are together with bonsai artist Masashi Hirao displaying bonsai in very refreshing new way during the Feel Feel Bonsai event.
Feel feel the love for bonsai when you watch the pictures very kindly brought here with permission of the Feel Feel Bonsai project.
All Photos are courtesy of Feel Feel Bonsai, Setouchi Cogeiz, a group of creators comprised primarily of alumni from Kagawa Prefectural Takamatsu-Kougei High School.
There are 13 members who are Graphic designers, photographer, architect, and garden designers to form the team who create this exhibition venue with Bonsai artist, Masashi Hirao. The exhibition which continues till the end of October will change time to time so visitors can still feel the seasonal changes throughout the year.
Bonsai art may seem very related to the past in the modern world, due to its very long history in the east, clinging to traditions. But the art of bonsai is not an art form that is not moving just because it have deep roots in the past. Just see what happens when traditional art is modernised without taking its heart out, but done with love and the courage of expanding borders and artistic people translating it.
I feel personally very inspired by the art created in this venue, which appeals deeply to my senses.
The event takes place in the Kagawa prefecture, in the wonderful surroundings of the Japanese Garden “Ritsurin Kouen”. Next event takes place August 12th, so if you by any chance are nearby, read more about it at the Facebook page. A web site is also set up at Tumblr with great photos and video presentations of the event.