Tatsuaki Kuroda Exhibition
Wed., November.11.2020 ～ Sun., December.20
Tatsuaki Kuroda was born in 1904, into a family of Kyoto lacquerware artisans; in his mid-teens, he began to study lacquer art on his own. He learned of the Folk Craft Movement through Kanjiro Kawai, which led Kuroda to further deepen his own art of woodworking. In 1970, he became the first person in the field of woodworking to be designated as a holder of an important intangible cultural property (living national treasure). His policy of handling the entire process all by himself, from making the base, to lacquer application and decoration, represents his commitment as an artisan and as a creator. His achievements, backed by his excellent sense of form and technique, remain highly acclaimed. This exhibition introduces a number of exquisite works produced by Kuroda: mighty yet gentle, simple yet gorgeous.
Exhibited Items Include:
• Dry-Lacquered Twelve-Sided Flat-Sided Flask (1949)
• Miniature Shrine Made of Zelkova Wood, Lacquered to Feature Woodgrain (1949)
• Dry-Lacquered Twelve-Ridged Water Container for Tea Ceremony, with Mexican Abalone Mother-of-Pearl Inlay Inside (ca. 1978)
• Red-Lacquered Tray with Takara-Musubi Mon (“Treasure Knot Crest”) Design (1949)
• Barrel-Shaped Tea Case with Mexican Abalone Mother-of-Pearl Inlay
• Tobacco Set: Wiped-Lacquered Zelkova Tray, Ashtray by Kanjiro Kawai, and Matchbox by Keiichi Yasukawa
*¥600 per person for groups of 20 or more.
Co-Organizer: The Kitanippon Shimbun
Toyama City Collection Exhibition
Fri., July.30.2021 ～ Mon., August.09
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Sword-Sharpening Demonstration by Expert Polisher Ichiro Yokai
Sun., November.25.2018 ～ Sun., December.09
【 Lobby outside the 2F Exhibition Room, Shusui Museum of Art】
Ichiro Yokai is an expert polisher based in Takaoka City, Toyama Prefecture, and an award winner in the Sharpening Division of the Contemporary Swords and Artworks Exhibition. In celebration of this achievement, the museum has invited him to give a demonstration of sharpening a Japanese sword. Overview: (1) Sun., Nov. 25, 2018: Shitaji-Togi I The initial steps of shitaji-togi (foundation polishing): a polishing stone known as a kongoto is used to remove any rust and to neaten the shape of the sword. (2) Sun., Dec. 9, 2018: Shitaji-Togi II The final steps of shitaji-togi: a polishing stone known as an uchigumori is used to remove tiny bits of scrap material caught in the rough surface of the stone used in the initial steps. The raised wooden platform used by the polisher for sword-sharpening work is called a togibune. The polisher fills the bucket with water, and sits on a low wooden bench, leaning forward while polishing the sword. The entire process of sharpening and polishing a Japanese sword to a beautiful shine, from shitaji-togi through final finish polishing, involves a number of different polishing stones.
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Special Workshop by Hirofumi Adachi “I’m Picasso! And I Am Too!”
【Soka Seminar Room, 1F Mori Shusui Museum of Art】
During this event, participants draw one another’s faces, starting with nothing but a blank canvas and colored markers. Artist Hirofumi Adachi provides commentary. After the participants finish their spontaneous works of art, they are placed on display in the 1F Gallery of the museum.
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