Mudo Gallery Archive

Mudo Gallery Archive

• Materials related to the Mudo Gallery have been sorted according to ISAD (G) (General International Standard Archival Description, 2nd ed.). Contents (numbers) indicated in the table below correspond to number and name of element of description (ISAD (G) 2nd ed.)
• For details about materials, refer to the MOMAT OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) links for each series listed under “3.3.4 System of arrangement.” If you would like to access materials, please read “3.4.1 Conditions governing access” before contacting the Art Library.

ISAD(G)2nd ed. Number and name of element of description Description
3.1.1 Reference code(s) MUDO || (Series Number) ||*
3.1.2 Title Mudo Gallery Archive
3.1.3 Date(s) 1954–2002
* Primarily consists of materials by Kobayashi Jun relevant to the active period of the Mudo Gallery, etc.
3.1.5 Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size) Shelf Length: 4.5m
3.2 CONTEXT AREA 3.2.1 Name of creator(s) MUDO Gallery
3.2.2 Administrative/ Biographical history The Mudo Gallery was a gallery for rent operated by Kobayashi Jun (1922–2006) between 1960 and November 2002. Solo exhibitions by Arakawa Shusaku, Inaba Haruo, Ito Takayasu, and Wakabayashi Isamu were held at this gallery. The gallery was named by the painter Yamamoto Kyujin. Starting in 1954, before the opening of the gallery, Kobayashi Jun was involved in the organization and operation of an exhibition called Seijitsukai with the help of Imaizumi Atsuo. Afterwards, in 1956, the Roppongi Gallery opened in Roppongi (Tokyo). In 1960, the gallery was moved to Ginza 1-Chome, where it was renamed Mudo Gallery. In 1976, the gallery was moved to the 7th floor of the Gallery Center Building in Ginza 6-Chome (Tokyo); then in 1995, it was moved yet again to Shinanomachi Maya Building 2 in Shinjuku-ku (Tokyo). The gallery closed in November 2002.
3.2.3 Archival history The family of Kobayashi Jun, the owner of the Mudo Gallery, offered to donate materials. On March 2, 2017, the Art Library received 5 boxes full of materials as donations from the family. On August 9, 2018, an envelope was donated, and on March 10, 2019, yet another box full of materials was gifted to the Art Library.
3.2.4 Immediate source of acquisition or transfer Gift from the family
3.3 CONTENT AND STRUCTURE AREA 3.3.1 Scope and content Includes books, exhibition catalogs, magazines, gallery invitations, photo albums, handwritten documents, scrapbooks, and other materials collected by Kobayashi Jun during his ownership of Mudo Gallery.
3.3.4 System of arrangement The fonds is grouped into the following nine series. Series level description: see link to the OPAC Item level description: see “ANNOTATIONS” in the OPAC
• Series 1: Management Records
• Series 2: Correspondence
• Series 3: Writings
• Series 4: Artist Files
• Series 5: Gallery Files (Invitations)
• Series 6: Activities Beyond the Gallery
• Series 7: Printed Materials (Books, Exhibition Catalogs, Magazines) * Only item level description
• Series 8: Scrapbooks
• Series 9: Photo Albums
3.4 CONDITIONS OF ACCESS AND USE AREA 3.4.1 Conditions governing access • Public Materials
A reservation must be made in advance (generally 1 week in advance) to access “Series 7: Printed Materials (Books, Exhibition Catalogs, Magazines).”
A special access reservation must be made in advance (generally 2 weeks in advance) to access the materials in “Series 5: Gallery Files (Invitations).”
• Limited Access Materials
To access materials included in the series not listed as public materials above, you will be asked about the purpose of your viewing before being provided with the applicable materials at the Art Library under the condition that your use of the materials does not violate the Copyright Act, privacy rights, rights of likeness, or the Personal Information Protection Law. Consultations must generally be made a month in advance in order to access these materials.
3.4.3 Language/scripts of material Primarily Japanese
3.4.4 Physical characteristics and technical requirements Stored in “MOMAT-AL Rare Books”
3.4.5 Finding aids • This page
3.5 ALLIED MATERIALS AREA 3.5.3 Related units of description
3.5.4 Publication note
3.6 NOTES AREA 3.6.1 Note The three files from “Series 5: Gallery Files (Invitations)” with the reference codes “MUDO||5||1” to “MUDO||5||3” have been sorted in chronological order since their donation and are not in their original order.
3.7 DESCRIPTION CONTROL AREA 3.7.1 Archivist’s Note The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.(Osana Taichi, Ishikawa Meiko)
3.7.3 Date(s) of descriptions October 5, 2019

* Shelf length is a term that uses the length of the shelf to indicate the amount of archived material of varied mediums.

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