Source: Museo dell'Occhiale press office
Saturday 3 July, at 6 p.m. - Opening of the exhibition Japan on the tip of its nose.
Glasses in the Land of the Rising Sun, at the headquarters of the non-profit Glasses Museum Foundation in Pieve di Cadore.
The exhibition will be open from 4 July until 6 January 2022, and will include a series of accompanying activities, including workshops for children, in-depth studies of Japanese history and culture, and themed guided tours. The occasion is the start of the XXXII Olympic Games in Tokyo, scheduled for July.
Some of the Museum's exhibits will be enhanced, namely volumes, glasses, but also small statuettes, which are normally not visible, but the bulk of the objects come from the private collection of the Vascellari family, in which Roberto, in particular, is an optician by profession and a passionate scholar and collector of glasses from various periods.
Among the main exhibits, which will be the main attraction, there will be a small terracotta statue dating back to the late Jōmon period (1000-400 B.C.) which, according to some scholars, is to be considered one of the earliest ever representations of protective masks for the eyes, as well as blond tortoiseshell glasses dating back to the early 17th century, identical to those that belonged to the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, founder of the city of Edo, now Tokyo, which present a truly interesting stylistic detail.
Just two examples are cited here to represent a collection of more than eighty pieces, representative of the history of glasses in Japan, starting from their importation by Europeans in the 16th century, to the consequent development in the centuries to come, when they took on particular styles or names in close relation to the culture that produced them.
The exhibition will be open until 30 September every day from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm and from 3.30 pm to 6.30 pm. From 1 October to 6 January opening hours will be subject to changes, which will be communicated in advance.
For further information:
Fondazione Museo dell'Occhiale onlus, tel. 0435.500213 e-mail: email@example.com