Yearly Calendar 2021
National Crafts Museum Yearly Calender 2021 (April, 2021 – March, 2022)
National Crafts Museum holds in each exhibition period either a special or collection exhibition.
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
January 30 – April 15, 2021
＊Closed: 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 crafts artists 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?
Modern Crafts and Tea Utensils: Furnishings in Each Season—The Third of the National Crafts Museum’s Grand Opening Exhibitions
April 29 – July 7, 2021
＊Closed: Mondays (except May 3, 2021), May 6, 2021
In Japan, tea utensils made of various materials have been produced as the art of the tea ceremony developed. Such utensils show new ideas and shapes like mirrors of their times. Craftspeople produce tea utensils as their “works” that express their individual ideas in their shapes and design. The other type of tea utensil is those produced for purposes other than the tea ceremony, but “likened” by users to tea utensils. This exhibition presents both types of utensils in seasonal settings to explore historical changes of artisans’ ideas about, and form creation for, the tea ceremony.
Crafts Museum for Kids & Adults: Welcome to the Jungle!
July 17 – September 26, 2021
＊Closed: Mondays (except August 9, September 20, 2021), and August 10, September 21, 2021
Spending more days at home has reminded us of what truly matters. The boundlessness of the world, however, seems to arouse our longing for the unknown. Want to go somewhere? Visit the Crafts Museum! This summer we focus on “nature.” Its expressions, as captured through the frame of crafts, seem familiar yet profound, full of dreams, hopes, and joy of life. This exhibition also introduces the results of our twenty-year collaboration with children on crafts appreciation. Novices and learned adults are invited to enjoy the show together.
Twelve Hawks and Crafts in Modernizing Japan: Changing Phases from the 1870s to the Present
In Celebration of the First Anniversary of the National Crafts Museum’s Move
October 9 – December 12, 2021
＊Closed: Mondays (except October 25, November 1)
Crafts from the Meiji period (1868–1912) impress us with more passion than that of those from any other periods. Ceramics and metalworks with sculptural decorations that seem to jump out of the surface, animal ornaments showing realistic expressions as if they were alive—they capture and hold our attention. Japanese social structure underwent a dramatic shift in the Meiji period. Crafts from the era reflect artists’ desperate efforts to find a means of survival. In our own day, rapid digitization is causing major changes to our life. Informatization via the Internet and new digital devices are making tangible impact also on their techniques or ways of execution. How have they fought against social changes? This exhibition presents crafts dating from the Meiji period to the present to focus on their ever-changing efforts.
The Cyclical Nature of Art Nouveau and the Stylistic Influence of Japanese Crafts and Design
December 25, 2021 – March 21, 2022
＊Closed: Mondays (except January 10, March 21, 2022), January 11, 2022, and from December 27, 2021 to Junuary 1, 2022
Art Nouveau (French for “new art”) flourished in Europe from the end of the 19th to the beginning of the 20th century. Japanese art was a formative influence on the style. While on the one hand a cutting-edge art movement, Art Nouveau was also a mirror that reflected and absorbed images of Japan.
This exhibition presents works by Henry van de Velde and Alfonse Mucha while also examining developments in Japanese crafts and design of the same era, including artists such as Miyagawa Kozan I and Sugiura Hisui, who incorporated expressions from Art Nouveau. Moreover, while focusing on the special characteristics of Japanese art as a source of inspiration for Art Nouveau, the exhibition traces the underlying view of nature, aspects of which have been carried on until the present day, in a variety of works.
In this exhibition, comprised of works from the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo along with related pieces from the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, we consider Art Nouveau from a wide range of perspectives. Viewers will have an opportunity to experience the dynamism of various cultures coming into contact and resonating with each other, and the delicate Japanese sensibility that gave rise to outstanding crafts.