Chu Asai’s Kyoto Legacy - Kyoto Institute of Technology Arts and Crafts Collection

Sen-Oku Hakuko Kan

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Chu Asai (1856-1907) is a well-known Japanese western-style painter who experienced Europe by traveling to events such as the Paris Exposition. He brought back with him a strong interest in design, related not only to changes in painting, but also inspired by his discovery of Art Nouveau during its heyday. During a visit, Asai was invited to join the Design Department at Kyoto High School of Art and Crafts (one of the predecessors of Kyoto Institute of Technology), after which he moved to Kyoto.
He taught there from 1902 until 1907, when he left to found the Kansai Art Institute, continuing to focus on his training and research in the tradition of Western-style painting, and working hard to develop this style of painting in the Kansai region.
Furthermore, he also established an organization to bring together ceramic artists, lacquer artists and designers, creating a new movement in the Kyoto craft industry that produced novel designs reminiscent of Art Nouveau.
This exhibition introduces Western craft items that Asai employed as teaching materials at Kyoto High School of Art and Crafts, tracing his footsteps, as well as those of other professors such as Takeshiro Kanokogi and Eiki Totori. These objects will be displayed together with items from the Sumitomo family, who supported Western-style painters like Asai and Kanokogi. This is a chance to reconsider what Asai has contributed to arts and crafts, art education, and day to day culture in present day Kansai. (Some exhibits will change during the exhibition).


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from September 09, 2017 to October 13, 2017


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