1893 expo’s historic Japanese panels reunited, restored
BY KARA SPAK Staff Reporteremail@example.com August 15, 2011 12:16AM
Conservators working on restoring the Ramma Panels. | Courtesy Art Institute
Four carved wooden panels from Japan’s pavilion at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition are together again after a 118-year journey that spanned Jackson Park, the University of Illinois at Chicago and the area underneath Soldier Field’s bleachers.
The Art Institute of Chicago is the new home to the four ramma, which were hung together in the museum’s Japanese Art Galleries earlier this month. The panels were originally the show-stopping centerpiece inside Phoenix Hall, Japan’s home at the 1893 exhibition that stood out among the expo’s “White City.”
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In September 2010, the Art Institute sent all four panels to a restoration shop in Evanston where the ramma were cleaned, the birds’ beaks re-carved and all four were repainted to appear as if they had “aged gracefully,” Katz said.
“It was so complicated,” Katz said. “We’re not normally in the business of restoration. We’re normally in the business of conservation.”
The ramma were installed Aug. 1-2, all four panels together, on display for the first time in more than 60 years.
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