Yearly Calendar 2020
National Crafts Museum Yearly Calender 2020 (October, 2020 – March, 2021)
National Crafts Museum holds in each exhibition period either a special or collection exhibition.
The First of the National Crafts Museum’s Grand Opening Exhibitions: Japanese Crafts－Materials, Techniques and Regionalities
IIZUKA Rokansai, Flower basket, "Anko (angler fish)", 1957
photo Yoshiyuki Mori
October 25, 2020 – January 11, 2021
＊Closed: on Mondays except October 26, November 23, 2020 and January 11, 2021; November 24, 2020; and from December 28, 2020 to January 1, 2021
Crafts Gallery, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo is moving to Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture, and being reopened as National Crafts Museum on October 25, 2020. Focusing on materials, techniques, and regionalities, the first exhibition after the move presents 130 masterpieces of modern Japanese crafts.
In recent years, much attention has been paid to new perspectives on the “regionalities” that have been nurtured in various areas. Japanese crafts have a long history of introducing into their designs the beauties of nature that change from season to season. At the same time, they themselves are made of natural materials. In each region, people have used native materials to create crafts that have lived in our lives. Japanese crafts have developed an amazing diversity rather than uniformity. How have craftspeople faced materials–nature in modernizing Japan? How have they changed their perspectives on nature’s image with the times? How have they developed their relationships with their lands and things? This exhibition illustrates constantly updated “regionalities” in this country through these questions.
The Second of the National Crafts Museum’s Grand Opening Exhibitions: “I Wish I Had Something Like This in My House”: A Collection of Intriguing Designs and Crafts
Christopher Dresser, Egg holder, c.1878
photo Saiki Taku
January 30 – April 15, 2021
＊Closed : on Mondays except March 29, April 5 and 12, 2021
Don’t you sometimes find yourself thinking, “I wish I had something like this in my house”? Perhaps it’s feelings like this that make us want to go out and get things that we come across in our daily routine. On the other hand, this kind of flight of fancy can also inspire a creator to come up with something new.
Centering on Christopher Dresser (1834-1904), Tomimoto Kenkichi (1886-1963), and Lucie Rie (1902-1995), this exhibition presents receptacles and furniture produced by designers and craftspeople who dreamed of more comfortable and beautiful lives for themselves or someone else. Today, more than ever, we are reconsidering what it means to spend time at home and how we relate to society. Why not join us as we look back at the ideas of these creators and consider how things might be in the future?