Nikka Yuko Receives Nearly $90,000 Art Donation, Largest to Date

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The pieces, which are valued at $89,5000, were delivered to the garden this summer and have now been incorporated into Nikka Yuko’s exhibit spaces inside the garden and the Bunka Centre. The donations come from Dr. Morris and Jacqueline Shumiatcher’s personal collection that they accumulated throughout their lifetime. Dr. Shumiatcher began collecting art beginning in his twenties after he returned from studying in Japan in 1941. He served as an Honorary Consul General of Japan for Saskatchewan for 14 years and purchased and received many Japanese sculptures and art pieces during this time. His long list of achievements includes drafting the 1947 Saskatchewan Bill of Rights, being the youngest person to be appointed to the Queen’s Counsel in 1948 and receiving the Order of Canada in 1981. He passed away in 2004.

In addition to his large collection of Japanese art, Dr. Shumiatcher and Jacqueline amassed one of the most significant private collections of Inuit art in Canada. The couple donated millions of dollars in support of symphonies, theatres, universities, art galleries, and other charities. Following his wife’s passing in February 2021, their collections have been donated to museums and art galleries throughout Canada.

Nikka Yuko is honoured to be the recipient of several pieces of this collection that will now be on display for visitors to enjoy and learn how they represent aspects of Japanese culture through history and as symbols in modern Japan.

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Thursday, September 29, 2022

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