"Eyes and Hands of Hisui Sugiura" Exhibition

Utsunomiya Museum of Art

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Hisui Sugiura (1876-1965) is a designer who achieved outstanding success from the Meiji through to the Showa Period. Although he studied nihonga painting in his hometown of Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, he started pursuing a career as a designer after moving to Tokyo, fascinated by the Art Nouveau style later employed by the yoga painter Seiki Kuroda. A series of work that Sugiura created for the Mitsukoshi department store and several of his posters rank among the masterpieces of modern Japanese design.

This exhibition focuses on Sugiura's devotion to sketching - a process that was fundamental to his creations. Starting in his early days right up until his late career, he produced a great number of dynamic designs using plants and animals as his main motifs. For Sugiura, a "sketch" had more significance than the act of simply depicting subjects as they were. For him, it was about how to accurately render the infinite permutations of a single motif and to distill the vitality of his subjects through his own designs - concerns universally shared not only by designers, but also creators working in various other disciplines at the time.

This exhibition showcases representative work as well as sketches and photographs from Sugiura's early years that have rarely been exhibited before, aiming to trace the entire career of this prominent figure. Moreover, Sugiura's designs will be examined from various perspectives through a presentation of crafts and objects from all over the world that exerted a considerable influence on the honing of his "eyes and hands" as a designer.

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From 2009-11-22 To 2010-01-17
Closed December 28th - January 4th

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Hisui Sugiura

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