Yearly Calendar 2013
Crafts Gallery Yearly Calender 2013 (April, 2013 – March, 2014)
Blooming Crafts: Modern Crafts from the Museum Collection
Imaizumi Imaemon XIII
Bowl, pinks design, underglaze grey and overglaze enamels, Nabeshima ware (1982)
February 19 (Tue) – May 6, 2013 (Mon)
＊Closed on Mondays (except March 25, April 1, 8, 29 and May 6, 2013)
The flower is one of the most popular themes in crafts that allows diverse expression. Many artists are pursuing self-convincing beauty, engaging in nature observation through sketching, or studying designs that have been passed down since old times. This exhibition presents masterpieces with floral motifs selected from our collection of 3,000 pieces including ceramics, lacquerware, metalwork, woodwork, glasswork and dolls.
Body³: From the Museum Collection
Anatomical Boy (1983)
June 25 (Tue) – September 1, 2013 (Sun)
＊Closed on Mondays (except July 15) and July 16, 2013
Crafts have much to do with the human body. For instance, dolls are inspired by human figures when they are made as copies of, or substitutes for, persons. Forms and sizes of kimonos and vessels have been chosen using parts of the human body as measuring instruments. Many of the techniques of crafts depend on physical activities such as hammering and expiration. With kinds of educational materials and events, this show let you learn the basics of crafts while having fun with children.
Close Up Crafts
Twelve Hawks (1893)
September 14 (Sat) – December 8, 2013 (Sun)
＊Closed on Mondays (except September 16, 23, October 14, and November 4), September 17, 24, October 15 and November 5, 2013
Trying to bring out power in materials, and weaving together techniques and expression, craft pieces sometimes show unexpected appearances in textures or details. In those parts that one can discover only when coming close to the piece lurk the secrets of the artist’s expression. Focusing on five modern artists including Suzuki Chokichi (1848–1919), this show tries to get to the truth in the details of their crafts.
From Crafts to Kogei In Commemoration of the 60th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
Kimono, “Squares in yellow and brown”, yuzen dyeing
(1993, private collection)
December 21, 2013 (Sat) – February 23, 2014 (Sun)
＊Closed on Mondays (except December 23, 2013 and January 13, 2014), December 24, 28, 2013–January 1, and 14, 2014
Next autumn marks the sixtieth anniversary of the Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition that began in 1954 when the system for designating important intangible cultural properties was introduced. In addition to handing down techniques, artists have developed new traditions by aiming to create works based on individual sense of beauty. Celebrating the memorable year, this exhibition presents pieces by active artists showing new ideas and deep thoughts to look at the future of traditional crafts.
Flowers: From the Museum Collection
Bowl, peony design, overglaze enamels
March 18 (Tue) – June 1, 2014 (Sun)
Period has been changed.
＊Closed on Mondays (except March 24, 31, April 7 and May 5) and May 7, 2014
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 with new sensibility. When spring rolls around in the rotating seasons, this exhibition will focus on pieces with floral motifs to let you enjoy a select collection showing great individuality.
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.
ART MUSEUM Gallery 4
Design Project for the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games
February 13 (Wed) – May 26, 2013 (Sun)
＊Closed on Mondays (except March 25, April 1, 8, 29 and May 6) and May 7, 2013
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.
PRODUCT DESIGN TODAY: Creating "Made in Japan"
kaico kettle (2005, private collection)
November 1, 2013 (Fri) – January 13, 2014 (Mon)
＊Closed on Mondays (except November 4, December 23, 2013 and January 13, 2014), November 5 and December 24, and 28, 2013–January 1, 2014
In Japan, a great variety of traditional crafts and manual industries based on region are alive in our neighborhoods. At the point of origin of “Made in Japan,” product designers and technicians have collaborated to propose and produce goods that enrich our lives, using long-nurtured techniques and materials. This show focuses on excellent utensils by today’s spirited product designers.