Yearly Calendar 2016

Crafts Gallery Yearly Calender 2016 (April, 2016 – March, 2017)

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「Text」tiles by SERIZAWA KEISUKE from the Kaneko Kazushige Collection

March 5(Sat) – May 8, 2016(Sun)

*Closed on: Mondays (except March 21, 28, April 4 and May 2); and March 22

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Serizawa Keisuke (1895 – 1984) was a pioneer in modern textile dyeing. His bold, unique style led to the creation of the term kataezome (stencil dyeing) when he was designated a bearer of the important intangible cultural property (Living National Treasure), in 1956. In addition to his kimonos, folding screens, noren (short curtains), calendars and finished book design, this exhibition also presents sketches and layouts for book design, in the hope of producing a new image of Serizawa through his attempts at creating, and his encounters with, diverse forms.

Crafts Gallery for Kids & Adults What's it made of ? from the Museum Collection (tentative title)

July 16(Sat) -September 8, 2016(Thu)

*Closed on: Mondays (except July 18); and July 19

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While looking at craft pieces, we often talk about what they are made of, and how they were made. Because crafts are superbly made, the more time we face them, the more eager we are to know about them. Let’s explore the “basic basics” of crafts with kids. In addition to the Self-Guide for kids, we prepare one for adults who are shy about asking questions about what they actually want to know.

 

Craft Arts: Innovation of “Tradition and Avant-Garde,” and the Present Day

September 17(Sat) – December 4, 2016(Sun)

*Closed on: Mondays (except September 19 and October 10); September 20 and October 11

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Traditional crafts and three-dimensional objets have developed for about sixty years, both aiming to create crafts for a new age. Today, craft arts have become part of Japanese culture, and have established their modern artistry based on tradition and innovation. This exhibition contrasts works by the pioneers who laid the foundation for a new age such as Tomimoto Kenkichi, Matsuda Gonroku and Yagi Kazuo, with later innovative works, to illustrate the former’s characteristics and formative beauty.

 

Kōgei (Modern Crafts) and the Tea CeremonyⅡ from the Museum Collection

December 17, 2016(Sat) – February 19, 2017(Sun)

*Closed on: Mondays (except January 2 and 9, 2017); December 28, 2016 – January 1, 2017; and January 10, 2017

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The development of Japanese crafts has been closely related to the tea ceremony that uses utensils produced freely using various materials and techniques. Many tea utensils demonstrate originality in their forms and design as “expressive utensils” that convey the makers’ ideas, or as utensils “likened” to something else by users. Presenting tea utensils from the Taisho (1912 – 1926), the Showa (1926 – 1989) and the Heisei (after 1989) periods, this exhibition illustrates changes in forms and styles of beauty.

 

Animals, Animals, Animals from the Museum Collection

February 28(Tue) – May 21, 2017(Sun)

*Closed on: Mondays (except March 20, 27, April 3 and May 1, 2017); and March 21, 2017

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This exhibition presents 100 pieces with animal motifs from our collection. Among nature that has been an important theme for modern crafts, animals familiar to human beings have enjoyed popularity through the ages. Animal motifs seen in crafts show a great diversity, ranging from various kissho (auspicious matters) motifs to familiar scenes. Enjoy appreciating the diverse animal figures that the artists created through keen observation, and by combining various materials and techniques.

 

Works of Living National Treasures and Great Masters

Kagoshima Juzo, Doll, “Souvenir from Omori” (1958, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)

This section presents works of bearers of important intangible cultural property (Living National Treasures), and other leading artists and designers at home and abroad. In line with the theme of the current exhibition or season, the program introduces works demonstrating charm of materials or depth of techniques, including ceramics, lacquerware and textiles.

ART MUSEUM Gallery 4

Marcel Breuer's furniture: Improvement for good


March 3(Fri) –May 7, 2017(Sun)

*Closed on: Mondays (except March 20, 27, April 3 and May 1, 2017); and March 21, 2017

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Club chair B3 is often referred to when talking about modern design. Designed by furniture designer and architect Marcel Breuer (1902–1981) at the tender age of twenty-three, this chair is highly acclaimed as the first home furniture that used tubular steel. This exhibition focuses on the charm of Breuer’s furniture design that has fascinated even Japanese.

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