This exhibition captures Japan’s creative culture and Monozukuri spirit – the passion and devotion in producing things – through the theme of Chōzetsu-Gikō, superlative artistry, which refers to the exceptional methods and techniques used.
The Superlative Artistry of Japan exhibition presents a cohesive collection of works and materials from various genres that place great emphasis on highly skilled techniques which incorporate ingenious expressions and concepts. An extremely high level of technical perfection takes viewers by surprise. Elaborate kōgei craft works from the Meiji era (1868–1912) are introduced as a starting point, looking back at their star status in the expositions of 19th- century Europe. Meiji kōgei pieces were one of the first international impacts of Japan, which initiated the Japonism trend.
The following main body of this exhibition consists of numerous contemporary works of superlative artistry, embracing pop-culture products, such as capsule toy figures and food samples, that illustrate a strong commitment to craftsmanship.
Through this exhibition we intend to introduce the outstanding techniques of each work as well as the worlds of expression that serve to even surpass such skill and finesse. It is hoped that viewers will be able to appreciate this specific part of Japan’s creative culture that honors craftsmanship and has constantly shown a thorough sense of meticulousness and devotion towards production processes.
Gallery Hours: Hourly timeslots starting at 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 2:30 PM, and 3:30 PM
Due to COVID-19 precautions, we are limiting visitation to 4 hourly timeslots per day. In order to maintain social distancing, we are limiting the number of visitors to 10 in each timeslot. Reservations can be placed on and after April 22.
|Saturday||OPEN||*select dates only: April 30, May 14, May 28, June 11, June 25|
|Sunday||OPEN||*select dates only: May 29|
Proof of Vaccination & Masks: We take the health and safety of our patrons and staff very seriously. Please present your proof of COVID-19 vaccination at the entrance. Please also wear facial coverings at all times while you are on the premises. Hand sanitizers will be available for your convenience. Your cooperation will be deeply appreciated.
The exhibition features 37 items and groups in a wide range of genres and eras:
Diorama by ARAKI Satoshi
Objects by FUKAHORI Riusuke
Photography by HONJŌ Naoki
Installation by IWASAKI Takahiro
Woven works: KITAMURA Takeshi
Solo dance in digital environment by UMEDA hiroaki
Paintings by NISHIWAKI Naoki
Food Samples and Shokugan (small toys sold with candy)
This exhibition is produced by the Japan Foundation.
Exhibition Supervisor: YAMASHITA Yūji. Produced in 2017.