Urushi: Tradition and Innovation

MOA Museum of Art

poster for Urushi: Tradition and Innovation

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Japan has one of the world’s greatest traditions of craftsmanship. With a 1300-year history, urushi – Japanese lacquer art – especially has been developed to a high degree, both in the areas of technology and art. It has been praised as the “flower” of kogei craftsmanship. Many urushi artists have worked hard in modernizing and popularizing Japanese urushi lacquer art, building its present-day basis. In 1954, the Japan Kogei Association was established.

This exhibition commemorates the 35th Traditional Japanese Lacquer Exhibition and offers an overview of the development of Japanese urushi art based onfour themes: Master Urushi Artists from the late-Edo Period to Pre-War Japan, 2) The Important Intangible Cultural Property System and the Japan Kogei Association, 3) The Traditional Japanese Lacquer Exhibition, and 4) Urushi artists who are currently active with a focus on 11 Living National Treasures.



from March 15, 2019 to April 16, 2019



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