Sunday, 5 December 2010

Agenda: December 06 - 12 / feat. "kami no katachi"

This week's feature:
"kami no katachi" at Urban Research, Kyoto
The gallery shop in the basement of Urban Research's Kyoto branch is always a recommended spot to get your hands on great Japanese design.

Their current main selection celebrates paper and the various forms it can take:
- from a medium for beautiful prints -- like the karakami (wood block printed paper, using mica) by Kamisoe (pictured above)
- to objects that evolve into three-dimensionality -- like the filigree "air vase" by Torafu Architects (below a picture from a previous exhibition)
- to a soft yet durable material for bags and baskets -- like the SIWA product line by paper maker Onao in collaboration with Naoto Fukasawa.

Filigree paper embracing the air

The shop window display features paper as well. An installtion playing with gradation and resolution.
URBAN RESEARCH Kyoto branch in Teramachi street, until December 26; 11:00 - 21:00.
Some goods of the previous selections (Kyo-to-to and novelax store) are also still available.


Exhibition "Kyoto Dinner Experiments - A Scandinavian Observation" at Kyoto Art Center (December 12 - 19; 10:00-20:00; opening: December 11, from 18:00 on).

Assistant retrospective at rep - radlab. exhibition project (until January 16; from Thursday to Sunday, 13:00-20:00; closed between December 26 - January 5; opening and mini lecture: December 10, from 18:00 on).

Ceramic Exhibition "quietude" by Yoshimi Azuma at the design gallery Division (December 6 - 18; 12:00-19:00, closed on Sundays).

"Sculptor's atelier" at the former Rissei elementary school (work in progress open to the public: until December 6, exhibition: December 7 - 13; 12:00-17:00).

Super Window Project is CLOSED (until January 09, 2011).

Exhibition "Withered Beauty in Tea Kettles" at Onishi Seiwemon Museum (until December 23; 10:00-16:30, closed on Mondays; admission: 800 Yen).


Design shopping
"Kami no katachi" at the URBAN RESEARCH Kyoto branch in Teramachi street (until December 26; 11:00 - 21:00).

Frank insights into an artist's creative struggles
Exhibition "To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Raku Kichizaemon XV - Part I: From the Succession to 'Tenmon' at the Raku Museum (until December 12; 10:00 - 16:30, closed on Mondays; admission: 900 Yen).


Exhibition "IN / OUT" by Ryoko Takahashi at studio J (until December 25; 13:00 - 19:00, closed on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays).

Exhibition "Ikko Tanaka Posters 1953 - 1979" at ddd gallery (November 09 -December 22; 11:00 - 19:00, on Saturdays until 18:00; closed on Sunday, Monday and on national holidays).


Digital, experimental, short
DOTMOV Festival 2010 at digmeout ART&DINER (until December 12). Featured here.

Rattling on the track of eternity
Tatsuo Miyajima "Time Train" at the COMME des GARÇONS art space SIX (until December 29; 12:00 - 19:00, closed on Mondays). Featured here.

Foreigner’s Live Art Guide
For more exhibitions and events about art and design in Osaka rely on FLAG.

On the Agenda are events in Kyoto - and also in Osaka and Kobe - that I'm interested in and plan to attend -- shamelessly subjective.
Although the list isn't meant to be complete, I hope it provides some valuable tips for those interested in art and design in Kansai.

Kindly note that the above dates and times are subject to change.

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