Itaro Yamaguchi "Tale of Genji Brocaded Picture Scrolls Exhibition"

Okura Shukokan Museum of Fine Arts

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Born in Nishijin, Kyoto, in 1901, Itaro Yamaguchi devoted his whole life to producing textile. Driven by the strong aspiration to work on a textile piece that no one had ever realized, Yamaguchi withdrew from his family business at the age of 70 and launched on a new challenge, the production of the Tale of Genji picture scrolls. Exploring the possibilities of pictorial expressions by weaving, he drew inspiration from "the Tale of Genji Picture Scrolls", a national treasure housed in the Tokugawa Museum and Gotoh Museum, and generated a number of innovative weaving methods during his researching period that spanned 37 years. In June 2007, Yamaguchi passed away at age 105, when he was still working on the 4th and last scroll. His uncompleted project was passed onto others and finally completed on March 3rd, 2008.

This exhibition showcases all the 4 brocaded Tale of Genji scrolls by Itaro Yamaguchi and documents introducing the production process of the work.

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From 2009-04-02 To 2009-06-28

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Itaro Yamaguchi

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