Yearly Calendar 2007

Crafts Gallery Yearly Calender 2007 (April, 2007 – March, 2008)

Mineo Okabe: A Retrospective

Mineo Okabe,
Long-necked large bottle, “funseiji”
(1969, private collection)

March 6 (Tue) – May 20, 2007 (Sun)
*Open on Mondays, March 26, April 2 and 30, 2007

Mineo Okabe (1919–1990) was a ceramic artist of striking individuality in postwar Japanese ceramics. Although he attracted wide attention in the 1950s with his works entirely covered with straw-rope patterns, Okabe later changed his style radically to create so-called “Mineo seiji,” porcelain pieces using unique celadon glazes. Presenting 170 pieces, this first retrospective after the ceramic artist’s death offers an extensive view of Okabe’s career.

Traveling to:
Matsuzakaya Art Museum, Nagoya
(June 27–July 10, 2007)
Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu
(July 14–September 30, 2007)
Hagi Uragami Museum
(October 17–December 6, 2007)
The Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo
(December 15, 2007–March 2, 2008)
Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum
(July 5–September 7, 2008)

 

I. Yuzen and Stencil Dyeing/II. Christopher Dresser: A Pioneer in Industrial Design: From the Museum Collection

Christopher Dresser,
Soup dish, “Persian”
(1884, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)

June 2 (Sat) – July 8, 2007 (Sun)

Among the most important dyeing techniques in Japan are yuzen that allows free expression like paintings, and stencil dyeing that uses stencils to create patterns. The first part of this exhibition presents excellent pieces using these techniques.
The second part features 50 pieces by Christopher Dresser, the first industrial designer in late 19th-century England, from the museum’s collection.

 

 

I. Crafts Gallery for Kids/II. Contemporary Glass Art: From the Museum Collection

Kyohei Fujita,
Rainbow Colors
(1964, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)

July 14 (Sat) – September 24, 2007 (Mon)
*Open on Mondays, July 16, September 17 and 24; closed on Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Crafts Gallery for Kids will open again this summer, including the worksheet sessions for finding ways to appreciate ceramics, lacquerware, textiles and other pieces made from various materials, as well as workshops for touching and handling kaolin. The second part of this show presents refreshing glassworks that are particularly attractive in summer. Enjoy variety of pieces that directly embody artists’ imagination inspired by the material.

 

 

30 Years of the Crafts Gallery

October 6 (Sat) – December 2, 2007 (Sun)
*Open on Mondays, October 8, 2007

Kenkichi Tomimoto,
Lidded octagonal pot, white porcelain
(1932, The National Museum
of Modern Art, Tokyo)

Yoichi Onagi,
Red Glove
(1976, The National Museum
of Modern Art, Tokyo)

Opened on November 15, 1977 as an annex to the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, the Crafts Gallery now maintains a collection of 2,550 pieces (compared to 476 in 1977), and has expanded its exhibition activities beyond the borders of styles and artists’ nationalities. This exhibition illustrates some episodes before the Gallery’s opening, and reviews its past exhibitions and collection building to examine the role the Gallery has played in modern art.

 

The Power of Crafts: Outlook for the 21st Century

December 14, 2007 (Fri) – February 17, 2008 (Sun)
*Open on Mondays, December 24, 2007, January 14 and February 11, 2008; closed on Tuesday, December 26, 2007, January 15 and February 12, 2008

Hiroto Kitagawa,
New Type 2003-black
(2003, 21st Century Museum
of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa)

Takeshi Kitamura,
Deep blue ra type silk
(1992, The National Museum
of Modern Art, Tokyo)

Building upon the long history and native traditions, Japanese crafts has developed and experienced reforms with the changes of the times and society, to see rich variety of creative activities including traditional and nontraditional crafts, and extend various influences to contemporary art. The second part of the exhibition offers an overview on today’s crafts through pieces by working craftspeople—young and old—to explore a vision for the future.

Flower and Doll:
From the Museum Collection

Ryujo Hori,
Offering a Flower
(1956, The National Museum
of Modern Art, Tokyo)

February 26 (Tue) – May 11, 2008 (Sun)

Nurtured by the country’s rich nature and culture, Japanese crafts have been characterized by gracious beauty and loveliness. Since the late 19th century when Japanese craftspeople acquired modern “individuality,” they have been producing excellent pieces exploring diverse ways of expressions. Presenting selections from the Gallery’s collection, this show focuses on floral motifs showing the most brilliant design and forms, as well as on dolls, a genre in which the native tradition has evolved into modern expression.

 

Tatsuaki Kuroda,
Ornamental box,
“yogai raden” inlay
(1974, The National Museum
of Modern Art, Tokyo)

his is a small but permanent program of the Crafts Gallery to present works of bearers of important intangible cultural assets (living national treasures) and other leading artists and designers at home and abroad. Exhibits include ceramics, glassworks, lacquerwares, woodworks, bamboo works, textiles, dolls, metal works and designs.

 

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