September 15 - October 13, 1999
Scholarly Premises, Kaikodo’s fifteenth exhibition, was intended to accent various aspects of the traditional scholar’s approach to art and life. The exhibition thus includes objects of the types and in the styles considered appropriate accessories for such a life, works of art of the kinds appreciated, used, sometimes created by, and collected by scholars during various periods of time. Paintings were selected based on their suitability for hanging in a scholar’s studio or reception hall, their subject matter—with appropriate symbolic content or depicting the ideal existence of a scholar, and paintings created by scholars for themselves and others. The exhibition also included numerous works of art associated with the scholarly pursuits and the lifestyle of a scholar. These objects ranged from inkstones for grinding and preparing ink for use in painting and calligraphy to bowls for drinking tea, an important past time and pursuit of the educated elite.