Towada Art Center Special Exhibit: November 1, 2014 (Sat.) – February 15, 2015 (Sun.)
“Tsunagu Jutsu: The Spirit of Chuzaburo Tanaka ~Tohoku Folk Garments Collection & Contemporary Art”
9:00-17:00 Tuesday-Sunday (last admission 16:30; closed Mondays, or the following day if Monday is a National Holiday)
Towada Art Center 十和田市現代美術館
Towada, Aomori Prefecture 034-0082, Japan
Permanent Exhibit + Special Exhibit “Set” Ticket (企画展+常設展セット券) 1000yen
Special Exhibit Only (企画展の個別料金): 600yen
(Permanent Exhibit Only: 500yen)
*Free admission for youth/children in high school or younger*
In the struggle to survive in harsh natural environments, people since ancient times have collected raw materials to create necessary clothing and tools. The culture of everyday life is born from the transmission of these skills and knowledge.
In Aomori, located on the northernmost tip of Honshu, the main island of Japan, various tools and skills were developed and imparted in order to survive harsh winters, closed in by snow.
This exhibit features the folk garment and daily items collection of Aomori born-and-raised culture scholar and researcher Chuzaburo Tanaka combined with works of unique interpretations/usages of raw materials from modern artists.
What lies ahead in the world of “weaving,” “stitching,” “fastening”? A single stitch. A single patch. What way of life is portrayed through these seemingly simple acts that, over time, take on a form? Chuzaburo Tanaka’s collection demonstrates the powerful things that can be born from the harshness of nature and the weakness of humans.
In this modern era of cheap and throwaway goods, the act of repairing and repurposing belongings will connect you to a heritage of a craftsmanship way of life.
*Translated from the Japanese description on the Towada Art Center website.
Towada Art Center (English/Japanese): http://towadaartcenter.com/web/top.html
PDF Exhibit Flyer (Japanese): http://towadaartcenter.com/web/exhibition_chuzaburo_files/Chuzaburo_C.pdf