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Feb 2005
Issue 057

Out now!

Kodaiji Makie and
Nanban Lacquerware

Thru Feb.20

After the unification of Japan under the warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536-98) in the Momoyama period (1573-1615), many castles and temples were built in the capital of Kyoto.

The ostentatious tastes of the warlords of this era led to a demand for decorative interiors and large commissions of wall and screen paintings in bright colors on gold ground and makie-decorated architectural pillars, frames, and furnishings. Objects decorated with makie (literally, "sprinkled picture"), a decorative lacquer technique, in which metal powders and flakes are sprinkled onto the surface of various objects using lacquer as an adhesive, were produced in large quantities.

Kodai-ji makie — a style of makie named after the temple, which was established by Hideyoshi's wife — is one of the most ornate and largest categories of lacquer from this period. Designs, such as autumnal plants and chrysanthemum and paulownia crests-drawn directly on the surface of raw black lacquer, without an underdrawing, which was then sprinkled with metal powder and polished, became popular. And the complex techniques, e-nashiji ("pictorial pear-skin ground"), in which areas with a translucent film of lacquer was applied to reveal gold flakes, and harigaki, "needle drawing," in which fine details etched with a sharp needle-like tool into the design before the makie dried, became popular.

Through the large production of this style of lacquerware, which impressively achieved the effect of raised gold designs on a black lacquered surface, several masterworks — such as doors of the miniature shrine of Kodai-ji's inner sanctuary and furnishings that belonged to Hideyoshi's wife that were preserved at this temple — were created, and this style
was reproduced and given the name Kodai-ji makie.

Kyoto National Museum
Keihan Shichijo Stn.
Open: 9:30am-5pm, closed Mon.
Admission: ¥420/¥210
Tel: 075-541-1151

Matsuoka Eikyu

Thru Mar.29

Eikyu Matsuoka was born in Hyogo prefecture. He graduated from the Tokyo School of Fine Arts in 1904. The artist worked in a classical Japanese painting style with modest Western adaptations. Matsuoka was among the established artists who contributed regularly to the official, juried exhibitions of Bunten and Teiten.

Later he was appointed a member of the Imperial Art Academy. In the 1930s he designed a series of landscape prints published by Shin Yamamoto-e Moku-Hanga Kankokai. This exhibition introduces over 30 pieces of art of Harima through craft goods, and scorches from Daitsu to modern ages.

Himeji City Museum of Art
Nearest stn: JR/Sanyo Himeji stn.
Open: 10am-5pm, closed Mon.
Admission: ¥500/¥300/¥200
Tel: 0792-22-2288

Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake 10th Anniversary Tapestry Exhibition

Thru Mar.15

This 2x2.9 meter tape-stry was created to cheer on the survivors of the deadly quake that hit Kobe ten years go. This tapestry, using the picture titled Port by Kawanishi Saburo, and under the supervision of Kawanichi Yuzo, was created by Kyoto's Nishijin Textile and was able to depict the authentic scenery of Kobe in its heyday. It was hand woven by a technique called tsuzure-ori where you would gather one piece of thread with one finger. It took three months for three veteran weavers finish the project, using over 300 colors of fine silk thread. It is now permanently preserved

Kobe Fashion Museum
Nearest stn: Rokko Liner, Island Center stn.
Open: 10am-6pm, closed Wed.
Admission: ¥500/¥250
Tel: 078-858-0050

A Decade After: Tomoko Yoneda
Feb.26 - Apr.10

January 17th marks the tenth anniversary of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake. Should we now view this unprecedented disaster with greater objectivity, or should we rather try to ensure that our memories of the event never fade? Tomoko Yoneda is a photographer who has been photogra-phing themes related to memory.

The pictures in Yoneda's Scene series initially appear to be perfectly ordinary images, but they are actually particular areas burdened with the historical weight of memory, usually related to war and other major events. The instant one becomes aware of this fact, the photographs arouse introspection and imagination. This commemoration of the tenth anniver-sary of the earthquake, consists of eight new color photographs taken in Ashiya as part of her Scene series and ten never-before-shown, black and white photographs, which were taken in Kobe immediately after the quake. It will provoke visitors to contemplate the significance of the ten years that have just passed, and time in general.

Ashiya City Museum
Nearest stn: Hanshin Ashiya stn.,
take bus south to Midori-cho.
Open: 10am-4:30pm, closed Mon.
Admission: ¥300/¥200
Tel: 0797-38-5432

Kansai Art Listings


Thru February 6
Daimaru Museum Umeda
80 works by 60 artists: Warhol, Duchamp, Rosenquist, etc, from the Berardo Collection.
JR/Hankyu/Hanshin Umeda stn.
Open: 10am-7:30pm
Admission: ¥900/¥700
Tel: 06-6343-12321

Thru February 6
Graf Media GM
Nara Yoshitomo exhibition, Shallow Puddles
Yotsubashi line, Higobashi stn.
Open: 12-8pm, closed 1st/3rd Monday. Admission: Free
Tel: 06-6459-2082

Thru February 7
DDD Gallery
Wind and Lightening:
A Half Century of Magazine Design by Sugiura Kohei
Nishi-Umeda stn or Higobashi stn.
Open: 10am-6pm, closed Sat, Sun, Holidays. Admission: Free
Tel: 06-6347-8780

Thru February 13
Suntory Museum, Tempozan
Hommage a Toulouse Lautrec
Subway chuo, Technoport line, Osaka-ko stn, exit 1.
Open: 10:30am-7pm, closed Mon.
Admission: ¥1,000/¥700/
Tel: 06-6577-0001

Thru February 13
Osaka Shiritsu Museum
Exhibition of Chinese calligraphy
JR/subway Tennoji stn.
Open: 9:30am-4:30pm, closed Mon
Admission: ¥500/¥300
Tel: 06-6771-4874

Thru March 21
Osaka Shiritsu Kindai Museum in Shinsaibashi
“Modernism Shinsaibashi”
Introduces art created in Shinsai-bashi before the war. Works by Takehisa Yumeji, Akamatsu Rinsaku, Kkoide Narashige, etc.
Subway Shinsaibashi stn., Idemitsu Nagahori Bldg, 13F
Open: 11am-6:30pm
Admission: ¥500/¥300 free for kids and 65 years and up.
Tel: 06-6208-9096

Thru March 27
Kokuritsu Kokusai Bijutsukan
Treasures of Ancient China
150 pieces from the Eastern Han
to Northern Sung Dynasties.
Subway Yotsubashi line, Higobashi stn, exit 3.
Open: 10am-4pm, closed Mon.
Admission: ¥1,300/¥900/¥500
Tel: 06-6447-4680

Thru March 27
The National Museum of Art Osaka
Treasures of Ancient China
Subway Yotsubashi line Higobashi stn. Exit 3, Midosuji/Keihan Yodoya- bashi stn. JR Fukushiima stn, exit 2.
Open: 10am-4pm, closed Mon.
Admission: ¥1,400/¥700/¥500
Tel: 06-6447-4680

Thru March 31
Museum of Oriental Ceramics
Persian Ceramics and Bronze from the Takada Collection
Midosuji line, Yodoyabashi Station
Open: 9:30am-4:30pm, closed Mon.
Admission: ¥500/¥300
Tel: 06-6223-0055

Thru May 31
Museum of Ethnology
Introduction of Polynesia
New Collections from Polynesia: Lapita Culture to the Chiefdom.
Subway Banpaku Kinen Koen stn., Inside Expo 70 park
Open: 10am-4pm, closed Wed.
Admission: ¥420/¥250/¥110
Tel: 06-6876-2151


Thru February 13
Kyoto Kokuritsu Kindai Museum
Kusama Yayoi Exhibition
Keihan Shichijo stn. Okazaki Park
Open: 9:30am-4pm, closed Mon.
Admission: ¥1,200/¥800/¥600
Tel: 075-761-4111

Thru February 13
Kyoto National Museum
Heian Elegance: The Twelve Devas & the Landscape Screen
Keihan Shichijo Stn.
Open: 9:30am-5pm, closed Mon
Admission: ¥420/¥210
Tel: 075-541-1151

Thru March 13
Hosomi Museum
Good Times in the Old Capitol:
Picture scrolls, folding screens and other art works from Japanese litera-ture from the Heian to the Edo period
Tozai Subway line, Higashiyama stn. On the corner of Nijo-dori and river
Open: 10am-5:30pm, closed Mon.
Admission: ¥700/¥500
Tel: 075-752-5555

Thru April 10
Kyoto-shi Museum
Exhibition introducing Flo-rence and the Renaissance.
Over 100 works by Botticelli, Michelangelo, etc.
JR Kyoto/Hankyu Shijo Kwaramachi/Keihan Sanjo stn, take a bus from any of these stations.
Open: 9am-4pm, closed Mon.
Admission: ¥1,300/¥900/¥500
Tel: 075-771-4107


Thru February 13
Nishinomiya-shi Otani
Kinen Bijyutsukan
Images of Beauty: Artwork by Uemura Shoen, Ito Shinsui, Yamashita Maki, Shimoto Kansetsu, etc.
Koroen stn.
Open: 10am-4:30pm, closed Wed.
Admission: ¥300/¥100
Tel: 0798-33-0164

Thru March 6
Itami Shiritsu Museum
Jacques Callot Exhibition. Copperplate-print artist.
JR/Hankyu Itami stn.
Open: 10am-5pm, closed Mon.
Admission: ¥700/¥350/¥100
Tel: 0727-72-7447

Thru March 13
Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art
Grand Exhibit of Print Art
Hanshin Iwaya stn. (by the ocean)
Open: 10am-5pm, closed Mon.
Admission: ¥1,200/¥800/¥400
Tel: 078-262-0901

Thru March 21
Hyogo Prefectural Museum of History
The History of Natural Disa-sters in Hyogo Prefecture
JR/Sanyo Himeji stn.
Open: 10am-4pm, closed Mon.
Admission: ¥200/¥150/¥100
Tel: 0792-88-9011


Thru February 6
Shohaku Museum
Hishida Shunso (1874-1911) Exhibition.
Japanese style paintings
Kintetsu Gakuen Mae stn.
Open: 10am-4pm, closed Mon.
Admission: ¥800/¥400
Tel: 0742-41-6666

Thru Februay 13
Nara National Museum
Treasures from Itsukushima Shrine. Total 120 works from the shrine in Miyajima, Hiroshima including nine national treasures. (Part of the profit will go to help restore the shrine damaged by
the typhoon in September).
Kintetsu Nara stn; inside Nara Park
Open: 9am-4pm
Admission: ¥1,200/¥800/¥500
Tel: 0742-22-7771

Thru March 27
Nara Shashin Museum
“People and Life in the Nara, the Ancient City”
JR/Kintetsu Nara stn; take the
loop bus.
Open: 9:30pm-4:30pm, closed Mon
Admission: ¥500/¥200/¥100
Tel: 0742-22-9881

ART section compiled by Maki Nibayashi


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