Rekisai Kobayashi "Art in the Palm of Your Hand"

Tobacco & Salt Museum

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Since olden times, people have taken joy in creating and adoring small-scale copies of various objects. The Japanese in particular seem to have been especially fond of tiny objects.

The Tobacco and Salt Museum has been studying the work of Rekisai Kobayashi, who created astonishing miniatures from the Meiji era to pre-WWII times. His work is distinguished by his choice of materials, total fidelity to the original objects, and playful mechanisms hidden inside them. In the two decades since the first exhibition "Kobayashi Rekisai no Sekai" (1990), the museum has been collecting Rekisai’s works (most of which were originally from the collection of the late Makoto Minoru).

This latest exhibition features a selection of Rekisai’s smallest works along with a group of Edo "gangu" (traditional toy miniatures) from the former Kurata family collection. Enjoy the world of extreme miniatures, but be careful not to strain your eyes.

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From 2010-11-20 To 2011-02-27

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