Go for Kogei 2022
Journey through the World of Craft
Go for Kogei is a celebration of craft (kogei) in the Hokuriku region. The festival is held in the three prefectures of Toyama, Ishikawa, and Fukui.
This year’s theme is “Journey through the World of Craft.” The 2022 special exhibition explores the act of making through a range of chronologically diverse works. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of special programs introducing the culture and history of the Hokuriku region.
From the timeless and the universal to the futuristic, we hope this journey through the world of craft will offer new inspiration for your daily life.
Go for Kogei was established in 2020 as a new platform for promoting contemporary perspectives on craft (kogei) in the Hokuriku region. The prefectures of Toyama, Ishikawa, and Fukui are home to numerous craft centers known for unique natural materials and generations-old techniques. In the larger craft centers,
cooperation among museums, universities, research centers, and workshops has promoted specialized research and development, creating a fertile environment for crafts to flourish in new ways that challenge established fields. Last year, Go for Kogei highlighted the region’s evolving crafts by hosting two large-scale exhibitions that juxtaposed new developments in craft with the adjacent fields of contemporary art and design.
This year’s theme is “Journey through the World of Craft.” The festival will reexamine contemporary society’s relationship with objects through the lens of craft, which forms the basis for all object-making. Craft production, which has long been a manual pursuit, continues to evolve. Encounters with craft objects from other times are not only an opportunity to learn about specific creators or regions but also the broader material culture of another era. Engaging with objects that seem unrelated to our own lives can produce new connections that slowly transform us, introducing fresh textures into our everyday spaces. Craft objects are perhaps the most intimately familiar manifestation of art.
The Go for Kogei 2022 special exhibition explores “the act of making,” presenting works within a chronic spectrum that incorporates returns to the primitive as well as cutting-edge technological innovations. Visitors can also connect with local artisans at regional craft festivals or enjoy a variety of special programs that introduce the culture and history of the Hokuriku region, which developed hand-in-hand with the region’s crafts.
From the timeless and the universal to the futuristic, we hope this journey through the world of Hokuriku’s crafts will offer new inspiration for your daily life. Let us be the first to welcome you to Hokuriku.
Executive Director / Go For Kogei Special Exhibition Curator
Professor Emeritus of Tokyo University of the Arts, Director of Nerima Art Museum
Go for Kogei Producer
Chair, Approved Specified Nonprofit Corporation Syuto Kanazawa
|Title||Go for Kogei 2022 Hokuriku Crafts Festival|
|Theme||Journey through the World of Craft|
|Dates||September 17 (Saturday) – October 23 (Sunday), 2022|
|Organizers||Approved Specified Nonprofit Corporation Syuto Kanazawa
Ministry of Culture
Japan Arts Council
|Coorganizers||Kanazawa 21st Century Craft Festival Executive Committee
KUTANism Executive Committee
Glass Festa (Toyama Glass Studio)
Takaoka Craft Market Executive Committee
RENEW Executive Committee
Craft Fest Executive Committee
|Special Cooperation||Ikebana Ohara School (Ohararyu Foundation)|
Toyama Institute of Glass Art
|Special Sponsors||Aozora Pharmacy
Mirai Jinzai Kikin
MIRAI TRUST Inc.
Rakusui-tei Museum of Art
River Retreat GARAKU
Toyama Association of Corporate Executives
Kanazawa Association of Corporate Executives
Fukui Association of Corporate Executives
Junior Chamber International Toyama
Junior Chamber International Takaoka
Junior Chamber International Kanazawa
Junior Chamber International Komatsu
Junior Chamber International Takefu
West Japan Railway Company
|Consignment||FY 2022 Japan Cultural Expo Project Presented and Co presented by Japan Arts Council and Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan|