Immortal Beauty

Snow Blossoms Moon - Shiko Kataoka

Making the eternal past live in the present.”

- Shikō Kataoka

Immortal Beauty is a collaboration between the University of Alberta Museums and the Prince Takamado Japan Centre for Teaching and Research in the Faculty of Arts. Curated by University of Alberta Art Collection head Jim Corrigan, Immortal Beauty celebrates the work of master calligrapher Shikō Kataoka, in the context of calligraphy-inspired works from the University of Alberta Art Collection.

Since 1985 there has been a productive and personal relationship between Kataoka, the Prince Takamado Japan Centre and the University of Alberta Art Collection. Through her art and poetry, Kataoka has commemorated milestones in this enduring relationship and celebrated the namesake of the Centre, the late Prince Takamado of Japan.

The University of Alberta Art Collection has benefited from this ongoing connection. Kataoka has generously donated her works of art that complement our substantial holdings of both historical and contemporary Japanese art – holdings that reflect the importance that the University of Alberta places on research and teaching that strengthen our knowledge about Japan.

Kataoka will be in attendance at the opening reception for Immortal Beauty on Wednesday, November 21, where she will create two new works of art in a calligraphy demonstration with live musical accompaniment from biwa player Junko Tahara. 


Gallery Hours

Thursday and Friday: 12pm - 6 pm
Saturday: 12 pm - 4 pm

Exhibition Programming and Events

Date and Time

Thursday, November 22, 2012 - Saturday, March 02, 2013

Contact Information

University of Alberta Museums


admission by donation.


University of Alberta Museums at Enterprise Square
Main floor, 10230 Jasper Ave.