Explore Authentic Asia at the Philadelphia Museum of Art 

Japanese tea ceremony

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is hosting two events that provide an opportunity to explore the ancient traditions of Japan and China. On April 22, guests can partake in a Japanese tea ceremony. On April 28, visitors are invited to attend a workshop by artist Nicole Duprée, where they can learn the art of making ink.

Explore Authentic Asia at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Japanese Tea Ceremony

The Japanese tea ceremony is a beautiful experience and an excellent opportunity to learn more about Japan’s culture and traditions. It will be held in Sunkaraku (Evanescent Joys), a ceremonial teahouse designed by Ōgi Rodō, and will be narrated by an instructor from Shofuso, a cultural institution that showcases Japanese art, culture, and history.

Dating back to the Kamakura period between 1185-1333, the tea ceremony is an ancient tradition introduced to Japan by Zen monks who believed in simplicity and peacefulness. It’s not just about drinking tea but a contemplative experience that offers a respite from worries and the complexities of daily life.

Please note that space is limited, and reservations are required. The event fee is $30 ($24 for members), which includes complimentary general admission for the date of the program. 

Color from Nature: Botanical Ink Workshop 

Prepare to discover the beauty of nature and Chinese art at the upcoming “Color from Nature: Botanical Ink Workshop.” This event is inspired by the exhibition “Oneness: Nature and Connectivity in Chinese Art,” and will be led by artist Nicole Duprée. You will be guided in creating your own ink, even if you have no prior experience.

Nicole Duprée is an educator and artist who leads the Ampersand Textile & Design workshop. The workshop specializes in handmade goods from carefully sourced natural and reclaimed materials. Nicole’s passion for nature, art, and crafting will inspire you to explore the beauty of the natural world.

The exhibition “Oneness: Nature and Connectivity in Chinese Art” features the work of four living artists who examine the connection between people and nature from spiritual, philosophical, and material perspectives. The artists embrace historic Chinese artistic traditions through their materials, processes, and themes. The show emphasizes the relationship between people and nature, and how our actions affect the environment.

The event will take place in Gallery 321, where works by Tai Xiangzhou, Ming Fay, and Wang Manshen, are displayed, and in the Chinese Reception Hal, where you can see Bingyi’s ink painting installation.

Don’t forget to register for the event in advance. The fee is the same as for the Japanese tea ceremony: $30 or $24 if you are a member.