Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan
19 July – 21 October 2007
Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan features some of the most beautiful Japanese art crafts produced during the past fifty years including ceramics, textiles, lacquer, metal, wood, bamboo, glass and dolls.
The exhibition presents works by members of the Japan Art Crafts Association (Nihon Ko - geikai), many of them designated ‘Living National Treasures’, a title conferred by the Japanese government on individuals who carry on Japanese traditions. Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan will demonstrate how the beauty, skill and modernity found in these contemporary pieces draws on the strength of traditional craft skills.
Ornamental box in a flowing design, lacquer on wood using red lacquer (sekishitsu), 1957. On loan from the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.