Yearly Calendar 2012

Crafts Gallery Yearly Calender 2012 (April, 2012 – March, 2013)

Kitamura Takeshi: Master of Contemporary Weaving

Kitamura Takeshi, Gold tate-nishiki fabric with connected flower-shaped lozenge pattern
(2008 , private collection)

February 7 (Tue) – April 15, 2012 (Sun)
* Closed on Mondays (except March 19, March 26 and April 2)

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Kitamura Takeshi (b. 1935) is designated a Living National Treasure or a holder of Important Intangible Cultural Property for his mastery over the techniques called ra and nishiki (brocade). Equating the formation of textile with expression, Kitamura has used the intricately intertwining warp within the thickness of about one millimeter to produce cloth that impresses us with quiet movement and depth. This show introduces Kitamura’s works spanning his entire career to lead the viewers to the world of woven structure with rich contrast.


Japanese Crossing Borders: Asia as Dreamed by Craftspeople, 1910s –1945

Tomimoto Kenkichi, Plate, “Full Moon over the East Gate in Seoul”, underglaze blue

April 24 (Tue) – July 16, 2012 (Mon)
* Closed on Mondays (except April 3 and July 16)

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In the Taisho period (1912 – 1926) and the early Showa period (1926 – 1989), many Japanese craftspeople crossed the border to the Chinese Continent in search of the origins of, or new possibilities of, crafts. This exhibition considers the footprints and activities of Japanese craftspeople in Asian cities such as Seoul, Beijing and Taipei to be one part of the modern history of Japanese crafts, and explore the realities and the context of their efforts. The show also reflects on Asia as seen by Japanese craftspeople in the early Showa period through the Continental flavor seen in their works.


Crafts Gallery for Kids+Adults: Botany in Craft

July 22 (Sun) – September 2, 2012 (Sun)
* Closed on Mondays

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Flora heralds new seasons and lends color to our everyday life. Focusing on plants seen in crafts and design, this exhibition introduces the resonance between life and forms revealed using various materials and techniques. Two types of self-guiding worksheets are available, one for kids and the other for adults, to help visitors appreciate things to note. This summer the Crafts Gallery makes it fun to learn about crafts and design for people of all ages.

In connection with the London Olympics in 2012, Design Project for the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games to be held at the main building in 2013 will also be introduced.


New Footing: Eleven Approaches to Contemporary Crafts

Hatakeyama Koji, Eight Faces

September 15 (Sat) – December 2, 2012 (Sun)
* Closed on Mondays (except September 17 and October 8), September 18 and October 9, 2012

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While building on trends in modern crafts and arts, some artists reembrace tradition, ornamentality and materiality with present-day sensibility to enable contemporary form making and individuality. Having become known to the world and receiving international acclaim, their art is gaining a new footing for progression and innovation of Japanese crafts. This exhibition presents 80 recent pieces including ceramics, metalwork and the others to examine contemporary crafts and explore future perspectives.

Celebratory “Vessels”: From the Lacquer Art Collection of the Crafts Gallery (tentative title)

Hattori Syunsho,Two-fold screen, “Sunshine Reflected on the Water”, yogai raden inlay

December 11, 2012 (Tue) – February 11, 2013(Mon)
* Closed on Mondays (except December 24, 2012, January 14 and February 11, 2013), December 28, 2012 – January 1, and January 15, 2013

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Lacquerware is so important a genre in Japanese crafts that the English word “japan” means lacquerware. Since its foundation in 1977, the Crafts Gallery has been collecting lacquerware as an important part of our collection. Now our collection of lacquerware comprises 260 pieces. This exhibition presents 100 pieces selected from our collection to introduce the charm of modern Japanese lacquerware from various perspectives.


Flower Design: Modern Japanese Crafts from the Museum Collection

Moriguchi Kako, Kimono, “Early Spring”, yuzen dyeing on crepe silk

February 19 (Tue) – May 6, 2013 (Mon)
* Closed on Mondays (except March 25, April 1 and April 8, April 29, May 6, 2013)

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In their efforts to create modern crafts, artist have often drawn, and used as motifs or in ornament, the beauty and form of flowers nurtured by rich nature, using diverse techniques and materials, to develop floral expression of great individuality showing new sensibility. This exhibition presents masterpieces with floral motifs, including ceramics, textiles, metalwork, glasswork and dolls, selected from our collection comprising 3,000 pieces.

This is a small but permanent program of the Crafts Gallery to present works of holders of important intangible cultural property (living national treasures) and other leading artists and designers at home and abroad. Please check out this program since the exhibits are changed occasionally in connection with special exhibitions or along seasonal topics.

February 7 (Tue) – April 15, 2012 (Sun)
April 24 (Tue) – July 16, 2012 (Mon)
September 15 (Sat) – September 22, 2012 (Sun)
December 11, 2012 (Tue) – February 11, 2013 (Mon)
February 19 (Tue) – May 6, 2013 (Mon)


ART MUSEUM Gallery 4

Hara Hiromu and The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo: What One Discovers Through Design Work

Hara Hiromu, Bauhaus

February 3 (Fri) – May 6, 2012 (Sun)
* Closed on Mondays (except March 19, March 26, April 2 and April 30, 2012)

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Hara Hiromu (1903 – 1986) designed many posters, tickets and catalogue covers for exhibitions held by the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo for twenty three years from its opening in 1952 until 1975. This show focuses on Hara’s work with the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo to consider the relationship between designers and art museums.


Design Project for the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games

Kamekura Yusaku, The 18th Olympic Games
(1962, Murakoshi Jo, photo director; Hayasaki Osamu, photograph)

February 13 (Wed) – May 26, 2013 (Sun)
* Closed on Mondays (except March 25, April 1, April 8, April 29 and May 6, 2013) and May 7, 2013

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The 1964 Olympics in Tokyo was not only a sporting event, but also a major design project involving an all-out effort by postwar Japanese designers. Kamekura Yusaku, Hara Hiromu and Kono Takashi designed the posters; invitation letters and certificates of merit; medals; and badges and emblems, respectively. The tickets, brochures and information maps were also created by leading designers. This show follows how designers tackled the Olympic project.


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