Exhibitions at 6 locations “A World of Voices: Today’s Art, Craft, Design”
We are honored to have as our curator Yuji Akimoto, former director of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa and currently a director and professor at the University Art Museum of the Tokyo University of the Arts. Exhibitions will be held at six locations in three prefectures simultaneously, each staged at historical and architecturally important locations representative of the Hokuriku area (the remaining 4 locations will be announced soon). We’ll highlight Kogei’s possibilities to the world, featuring a range of creators, from the up-and-coming to the world-renowned, all of whom are pushing the boundaries of Kogei into the realm of art and design.
< Period > 29 August (Sat) – 15 November (Sun) 2020
< Participating Artists >
Keiji Ito, 9th generation Ichibei Iwano, Kohei Ukai, Junko Oki, Yoshiaki Kojiro, Takuro Kuwata, Rui Sasaki, Reiko Sudo, Shobu Gakuen “nui project”, Tatehana Noritaka, Nobuyuki Tanaka, Noriko Tanaka, Fourth-generation Tanabe Chiku’unsai, Hidenori Tsumori, Mutsuko Demachi, Namika Nakai, Mayu Nakata, Shuji Nakagawa, Koji Hatakeyama, Yutaka Hatta, Masami Yamagiwa, Shohei Yokoyama (names listed without honorifics)
Shoukou-ji Temple （Takaoka, Toyama）
Founded in 1471 and a nationally-designated Important Cultural Property, Shoukou-ji is a member of the Honganji School of the True Pure Land sect of Buddhism. Twelve of its buildings are designated as Important Cultural Properties of Japan, including the main hall built in 1795, which was built with the help of the Maedas, ruling family of Kanazawa and the Kaga region in the Edo period.A prime example of the temple fortress design of Japan’s Middle Ages, Shoukou-ji is the 8th-largest of its kind in Japan. The “Major Repair of Heisei,” which has taken 23 years since it began in 1998, will be completed in autumn of 2020. The exhibition will be the first since the temple’s renewal.
Natadera （Komatsu, Ishikawa）
Founded in 717, Natadera enshrines both Shinto and Buddhist deities, in particular, the peak of Mount Haku (Hakusan). In 2017, the temple celebrated its 1300th anniversary. A quasi-head temple of the Koyasan Shingon sect, its ancient teachings emphasize the wisdom of nature. Though devastated by war in Japan’s Middle Ages, the temple was rebuilt under Toshitsune Maeda, the 3rd Edo-era Lord of the Kaga region. The compound includes seven Important Cultural Properties of Japan, including the main hall and two National Places of Scenic Beauty.