10 February 2022 – 8 January 2023
At home in Lugano for over fifty years, the Jeffrey Montgomery Collection it is one of the largest and best-known collections of Japanese art outside Japan. With this project, MUSEC celebrates a passion for collecting and a heritage of great artistic and cultural value. A heritage that brings prestige to Lugano, thus consolidating the Ticino city’s historic ties with Swiss and international private art collecting.
Set up on two floors of the “Spazio mostre” in Villa Malpensata, home of MUSEC, the exhibition JAPAN. ARTS AND LIFE presents to the public one hundred and seventy works from the period between the 12th and 20th centuries – including textiles, furniture, paintings, religious and everyday-objects – carefully selected from the over one thousand objects collected over a lifetime by Jeffrey Montgomery. Renowned worldwide, the Montgomery Collection displays an extraordinary richness and a very singular substance: it is a collection of ‘oriental art’, and at the same time it expressed a “folk culture” reinterpreted in very elevated aesthetic terms by the elegant and refined choices made by the collector who had dedicated his entire life to it.
The experience and sensitivity of the collector are at the heart of the project developed by MUSEC and mark its originality, compared to the way in which his collection has been interpreted until now. As Francesco Paolo Campione, director of MUSEC, writes in his introductory text to the exhibition catalogue, “art collections can only have meaning and deep value if they are linked to an existential dimension and the human experience of those who wanted, planned, and consolidated them around themselves. The collector is indispensable to the collection: not only because he created it, but also because he guarantees its originality, interpreting the spirit of the times”.
More information of the exhibition can be found on the official website of MUSEC
Source of information: www.musec.ch