Museums

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Yamazaki Toshinobu II (1866-1903) View of Loyal Ako Samurai Breaking into Kira’s Mansion Japan, Meiji period, 1886 Woodblock print; ink and color on paper Purchase, 1955 (15113.44a)
Image: Courtesy Honolulu Museum of Art

A Picture’s Worth

Museums / When The Contemporary Museum merged with the Honolulu Academy of Arts last year, the newly-branded Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House stepped away from hosting only contemporary art and into a world of opportunity. Spalding House now unveils its newest exhibition, A Thousand Words and Counting, which reflects the museum’s educational values.

Made up of five mini-exhibitions, A Thousand Words and Counting consists of artworks that are “an eclectic mix of genre and period,” says Aaron Padilla, notable artist and curator of education for the museum. The mini-exhibitions–Francisco Goya: Proverbios, Letters to Liliuokalani, The Divine Journey: Narratives in Religious Art, Word, and Code/Character: The 47 Ronin–are all tied to literature, with upcoming exhibitions focusing on other educational disciplines (math, music, science, social studies and physical education). “We want to present a case where people can view works of art from multiple perspectives and illustrate how art is integrated into the many facets of education.”

Some notable pieces on display are original hand-written letters by Queen Liliuokalani, a room full of Goya prints, an eighth-century Buddhist Sutra and William Blake’s prints of scenes from The Book of Job.

Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House, 2411 Makiki Heights Dr., Opens Wed., 8/22, runs through 11/22, [honolulumuseum.org], 532-8700