Museum of Fine Arts Reopens Tenshin-en Garden

Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) – a New England Council member – recently reopened its Japanese garden. The garden, called Tenshin-en (meaning Garden of the Heart of Heaven), has been closed for 18 months for renovations.

Among the new attractions within the garden is a 19 feet tall by 12 feet wide gate, which contains 75 parts and a granite foundation. The garden was originally designed and constructed by Professor Kinsaku Nakane, a renowned garden master from Kyoto. The renovations were designed by a team who had studied with Professor Nakane and had assisted him with plans for the original garden, which was dedicated in 1988.  The garden is heavily influenced by the traditions and cultures of Japan, New England, and the MFA. Its reopening was part of a weekend of spring activities at the museum, called “Art in Bloom.”

“The garden expresses the vastness of nature in miniature, within a strictly limited space,” Professor Nakane had one said of the Tenshin-en Garden.

The New England Council congratulates the MFA on the exciting new renovations to this popular attraction and applauds it for its dedication to sharing culture through art.

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