The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto




Life in Kyoto – Arts in Seasonal Delight

From MoMAK Collection
Life in Kyoto – Arts in Seasonal Delight

2020.07.23 thu. - 09.22 tue.

In Japan, nature has been skillfully incorporated into works of art that bring joy to daily life. Kyoto in particular continues to enchant many people as a city where life, nature, and art are closely interlinked.
Traditionally, people in Japan kept track of the changing seasons by dividing the year into 24 terms. This exhibition of selected works of art and craft from our own collection as well as video materials introduces natural phenomena, flowers, animals, festivals, and events woven into the tapestry of life in Kyoto, presented according to these 24 seasonal terms. We hope that this exhibition will create opportunities for visitors to engage with the rich connections among daily life, nature, and art over the course of the year, and to re-examine our contemporary world as nature and the social environment undergo drastic changes.

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MORIGUCHI Kunihiko: Yuzen / Design – Crossroads of Creativity

2020.10.13 tue. - 12.06 sun.

Moriguchi Kunihiko has been designated a Living National Treasure for his mastery of the Yuzen (resist dyeing) technique. By boldly combining graphic design ideas and geometric patterns informed by his studies in Paris, Moriguchi has pioneered new creative possibilities that go beyond the traditional craft of Yuzen. From kimono production to graphic design work exemplified by his shopping bags for the Mitsukoshi department store, Moriguchi takes artisanal skills and refined sensibilities accumulated over the course of Yuzen design history as a point of departure for a practice that reintroduces this venerable tradition to contemporary society. This exhibition introduces Moriguchi Kunihiko’s creative activities, which emerge from various intersections between Yuzen and design, tradition and modernity, and East and West.

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