[HN] Beautiful Handicrafts of Tohoku, Japan

An exhibition reminds us the distinctive appeal of Tohoku’s heritage of arts and craft

The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam proudly present a travelling exhibition Beautiful Handicrafts of Tohoku, Japan from 13 – 22 December in Hanoi.

Supervised by curator Ryuichi Matsubara “Beautiful Handicrafts of Tohoku, Japan” is an exhibition planned to mark the March 11 anniversary of the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami. The Tohoku region, known for its beautiful mountains and seascapes as well as its rich local culture and history, suffered damage and destruction of unprecedented proportions. Much was lost, and manufacturing and handicraft culture were hard hit.  People in local areas affected by the disaster, however, have been working closely together to rebuild, intent on restoring peace and normality to their lives as soon as possible.

The displays present works of mingei members included Kanjiro Kawai, Shoji Hamada, Keisuke Serizawa and Shiko Munakata with various genres—ceramics, lacquerware, textiles, metalwork, wood and bamboo crafts, etc.—allowing visitors to enjoy the diverse and exquisite world of Tohoku traditions.

The works included in the exhibit present an opportunity to discover anew the high level of traditional craft techniques nurtured in the Tohoku region and the functional beauty of daily implements used since ancient times in Japan.  The art and craftsmanship of these works also help us to better appreciate the folk wisdom derived from lives lived close to nature and the manual skills and dexterity cultivated out of that wisdom.

It is our hope that viewers will enjoy the undeniable beauty and the highly developed handicraft techniques of Tohoku craftsmanship products. This exhibition will be in Hanoi from 12-22 December at Vietnam Fine Arts Museum (66 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh). Free of admission.

■ Exhibition information:


Organized by: The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam
Curated by: Ryuichi Matsubara
Introduced artists in the exhibition:
Kanjiro Kawai, Shoji Hamada, Keisuke Serizawa and Shiko Munakata

Hanoi

Opening: 18:00 – Friday 12 December 2014
Duration: Saturday 13 – Monday 22 December 2014
[Opening hours] 8:30 – 16:45, no closed days]
Venue: Vietnam Fine Arts Museum
66 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

■ Selected Artworks


Remarks:

For the usage of the following images for your media, please contact the staffs in charge above. We will provide a bigger size of each image upon your request.

Basket by Nami Anakubo / Iwate Prefecture
Basket by Nami Anakubo / Iwate Prefecture
Yamagata casting, Habiro iron kettle / Do-machi, Yamagata Prefecture
Yamagata casting, Habiro iron kettle / Do-machi, Yamagata Prefecture
Sake bottle / Kawatsura, Yuzawa, Akita Prefecture
Sake bottle / Kawatsura, Yuzawa, Akita Prefecture
Shiraiwa ware, suzu (bottle for Sake) / Kakunodate, Akita Prefecture
Shiraiwa ware, suzu (bottle for Sake) / Kakunodate, Akita Prefecture

For inquiries on the exhibition, please contact at:


Ms. Nha (Ext. 115) / Mr. Kawai (Ext. 109)

The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam

27 Quang Trung, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam       TEL 04-3944-7419    www.jpf.org.vn


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