The Morikami Museum will be opening two new exhibits on October 8 that will run until February 23, 2014.
Breaking Boundaries: Contemporary Street Fashion in Japan
Breaking Boundaries features some of the most popular and imaginative clothing styles made and worn on the streets of Japan today. The outfits represented include “cute” Lolita fashions, Gothic-Lolita, Punk, and a melting pot mélange of many others. On view are an assortment of garments and accessories produced by the trendiest Japanese street fashion brands, such as Metamorphose, Baby the Stars Shine Bright, and more. The chic clothing is accompanied by a selection of photographs of stylish street wear captured on the fashionable boulevards of Japan.
Contemporary Kgei Styles in Japan
This exhibition brings together nearly 90 contemporary arts and crafts or kgei-style works comprising ceramics, textiles, lacquerware, dolls, and works of metal, wood, bamboo, and glass made by 40 of Japan’s most influential and leading kgei artists of international renown. Kgei was traditionally used to express a mastery of artistic techniques and materials, but in contemporary Japanese art-speak it has come to define, in broad terms, a faction of fine Arts and Crafts.
Firmly rooting their work in tradition, the kgei artists represented in this exhibition demonstrate a keen awareness of their own individuality, resulting in artworks that are both intuitively expressive and introspective. To protect the most fragile artworks, several objects will be rotated with others during the course of the exhibition to preserve the quality of the piece and prevent deterioration. The process of rotation will further demonstrate the different styles and approaches of each artist.
During the course of the exhibition, artists from Japan will be on hand to demonstrate important aspects of Japanese lifestyle and culture to provide visitors with a comprehensive understanding of kgei styles in Japan. Along with cultural presentations such as Tea Ceremony and Ikebana (flower arrangement), artists will provide additional lectures and demonstrations about the development of Kgei Styles in Japan.