Ryusaku Matsuda

Transience is the central concept in the art of Ryusaku Matsuda, the grand master of contemporary Japanese floral art. His large-scale installations are a cross between traditional Ikebana and Land Art. Although his own emotional world often serves as the inspiration for the creation of a particular work, Matsuda does not consider himself an artist.


It is the plants themselves that play the leading role and, aided by time, write their own history. For Matsuda, a work of art is therefore not an object but rather a snapshot in a process. Ryusaku Matsuda does not want to make art for eternity, but hopes that his works will age and decay with him. As this remarkable publication proves, Matsuda’s art is not only intriguing and philosophical, but also visually stunning.