Life and Art: Arts & Crafts from Morris to Mingei

Life and Art: Arts & Crafts from Morris to Mingei
William Morris (designed 1862/printed 1864) Fruit (Pomegranate)
© V&A Images/Victoria and Albert Museum
Given by Morris and Co.
     The Arts and Crafts movement practiced by William Morris (1834–1896) at the end of the nineteenth century had a great deal of influence around the world.  The key principle of the movement was to bring high-quality, handmade design into both the social and private spheres.  With the full cooperation of the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), the present exhibition will examine the British origins of the movement and its expansion throughout Europe and in Japan through more than 200 works.  Highlights of the exhibition will include the William Morris Collection from the V&A British Gallery, a reconstruction of a typical British Arts-and-Crafts-style room, and a reconstruction of “Mikunisō,” a living space representing the Mingei ideals of YANAGI Sōetsu, KAWAI Kanjirō, HAMADA Shōji and others.


Exhibition dates
Saturday, September 13 – Sunday, November 9, 2008
Closed on Mondays
Exceptions: Open on 9/15, 10/13, 11/3; closed on 9/16, 10/14, 11/4.

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
The Asahi Shimbun

British Council Japan
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
The Agency for Cultural Affairs

Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
Osaka University of Arts

Japan Airlines

Victoria & Albert Museum

  Day of admission Advance Group (20 or more)
Adult 1300 1100 1000
University students 1000 800 700
High school students 500 300 200
Junior high and younger Free Free Free

Advance tickets: Ticket Pia, FamilyMart (P code: 688-278), Lawson (L code:
58794), other major ticket vendors and convenience stores

Publicity Materials
Advance flyer  PDF file (3.33MB)


Flyer  (PDF 922KB)


Other Museums
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum  2009/01/24 (Sat.) – 04/05 (Sun.)
Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Nagoya  2009/06/05 (Fri.) – 08/16 (Sun.)  (tentative)

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