Yearly Calendar 2023

National Crafts Museum Yearly Calender 2023 (March, 2023 – June, 2023)

National Crafts Museum holds in each exhibition period either a special or collection exhibition.


POKÉMON × KOGEI: Playful Encounters of Pokémon and Japanese Craft

YOSHIDA Taiichiro, Jolteon , 2022
Private collection
©2023 Pokémon.
©1995‒2023 Nintendo, Creatures Inc., GAME FREAK inc.
Photo : Taku Saiki

March 21 ‒ June 11, 2023

*Closed: Mondays(except May 1,2023) ,May 14,2023

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Put Pokémon and Kogei face to face, and what sorts of chemical reactions will occur? Twenty craft artists, from a Living National Treasure to youngsters, have seriously tackled that question. Works that evoke Pokémon shapes, gestures, touch. Works that reach back into memories of video games—evolution, trade, locations for journey, super-effective moves. Plus invitations to Pokémon to become part of the vessels that adorn our daily lives and even ultra cool attire—kimono and obi clasps. The result is about 70 works—all new creations! What will your encounter with the works lying in wait for you in the exhibition gallery bring? Thrills, rapture, grins, tremors? The power of multiplication rides again! Please enjoy the quantum leaps in beauty and technique it has generated.

※This is a joint exhibition.

Water in Crafts and Design: Color, Form, and Texture

FUKAMI Sueharu, First Voyage , 1975
National Crafts Museum
Photo : Tomoya Nomura

July 7 – September 24, 2023

*Closed: Mondays (except July 17,September 18,2023) , July 18,September 19,2023

Under the theme of “water,” this exhibition focuses on water depicted in craft and design works, and on various water containers. Water has inspired many artists and has been presented in a variety of colors and shapes with different techniques. Enjoy the works that reveal the artists’ observational skills and individuality precisely because of the elusive subject of water, such as ripples drawn on lacquerware, woven bamboo that evokes a swift current, and a brilliantly dyed waterside scenery.

※This is a collection exhibition.

A joint exhibition by the National Crafts Museum and the Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art as part of Ishikawa Hyakumangoku Cultural Festival 2023 (The 38th National Cultural Festival, The 23rd National Arts and Culture Festival for Persons with Disabilities)
Masterpieces from the Museum of the Imperial Collections (tentative title)

UNNO Shōmin, Bungaku Dancer, Taiheiraku, 1899

The Museum of the Imperial Collections, Sannomaru Shōzōkan

October 14–November 26, 2023

*Closed:November 6, 2023

The art and craft works handed down in the Imperial Family were donated to the Government in 1989 by His Majesty the Emperor Emeritus and the Empress Kōjun, and have been kept and displayed at the Museum of the Imperial Collections, Sannomaru Shōzōkan. This exhibition presents masterpieces representing the respective periods and crafts related to Ishikawa Prefecture selected from the collections. With the adjacent Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art centering on paintings and calligraphy, the two museums present this event as one exhibition.

※This is a special exhibition.

Tectonic Shifts in Printing, Printmaking and Graphic Design 1957-1979

YOKOO Tadanori, The 6th international biennial exhibition of prints in Tokyo, 1968
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

December 19,2023 – March 3, 2024

*Closed: Mondays (except January 8,February 12,2024),and from December 28, 2023 to January 1, 2024,January 9,February 13,2024

In postwar Japan, with the advent of the era of mass communication, printing technology developed drastically. It was also during this period that the relationship between printmaking and graphic design was actively debated.This exhibition focuses on the International Biennial Exhibition of Prints in Tokyo, which was held eleven times between 1957 and 1979. We will introduce aspects of the times when printmaking and design intersected.

※This is a special exhibition.

SUZUKI Osamu: A Retrospective (tentative title)

SUZUKI Osamu, Large plate, shino type, 1991

March 19 – June 2, 2024

*Closed: Mondays (open on holiday Mondays and close on the following days)

This exhibition illustrates the career and the “present” of SUZUKI Osamu (b. 1934), one of the Bearers of Important Intangible Cultural Properties̶popularly known as “living national treasures”̶in the field of Shino ware.While respecting tradition, the ceramist established his own unique style by trying his hand at Shino ware, which was once thought to be fired only in wood-fired kilns,using gas kilns. Celebrating Suzuki’s ninetieth birthday in 2024, the solo show provides an opportunity to experience the essence of his art through outstanding works spanning his entire career.

※This is a joint exhibition.

National Crafts Museum

3-2 Dewamachi, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa 920-0963


OPEN today

March 28, 2023 (Tue)
09:30 - 17:30
Last Admission : 17:00

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