"101st Anniversary Works-in-Progress for Mihoya Glass" Exhibition

Axis Gallery

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Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Mihoya Glass Store, which supported the design work of Shiro Kuramata, Axis Gallery is holding an exhibition entitled "101st Anniversary Works-in-Progress for Mihoya Glass".

Inaugurated in 1909, Mihoya Glass Store marked its 100th year this February. While they started out producing and selling "chimneys", or tubular glass lamp covers, they later began making glass for architectural use, including window glass for Matsuya Department Store. It was during the 1970s when the store saw its major turning point: Tomohiko Mihoya, the third-generation owner, encountered the design industry guru Shiro Kuramata. Since then, the store has made a radical shift into the realm of design, striving to realize Kuramata's inspirations through the use of their own glass-making technology. It's no exaggeration to say that this encounter led to the construction of a new "glass design" concept where the glass itself functions as a medium for artistic expression. Through collaborations with countless architects, designers and artists, Mihoya Glass Store has opened up new relationships between creators and artisans.

For this exhibition, a total of 16 creators who have collaborated with Mihoya Glass Store will look forward 100 years, tackling new modes of expression and experimenting with glass in novel ways.

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From 2009-10-27 To 2009-11-08 at 17:00

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