Monumental ceramic sculptures of Jun Kaneko have been installed in the sculpture garden at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. On display through December 12, the work was chosen for its scale and presence. Jun Kaneko, born in Japan and now based in Omaha, creates the largest fired ceramic sculptures in the world. The centerpiece of his work installed at VMFA is an impressively large, 9 1/2 feet tall, 6,000 pound, dark-blue glazed head with a meditative expression. The sculptures in this special outdoor exhibition were created between 2004 and 2007 in some of the world’s largest kilns in Pittsburg Kansas. Other pieces in the exhibition include dangos, closed forms sort of like totems, all set into the new gardens at the renovated museum. SLIDESHOW.
Remember the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is less than a mile away from our Historic Fan District Bed and Breakfast. Moreover, the stroll will take you through our neighborhood, listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the best-preserved turn of the century (turn of the 19th to the 20th, that is!) neighborhoods with a diverse mix of residential, dining, shopping opportunities along its streets and avenues. No visit to Richmond is complete without a visit to the Fan District, home to historic Monument Avenue, with its broad boulevard, stately mansions, and statues of JEB Stuart, Robert E Lee, and Jefferson Davis. Monument Avenue extends beyond the Fan District into the Museum District to include more statues and fashionable residences. Make your plans now for a visit!