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KIZUNA – new major exhibition exhibition of Japanese design at National Museum Cardiff

KIZUNA is a new major exhibition at National Museum Cardiff, which showcases the best of
Japanese design, and celebrates the relationship between Wales and Japan over the last 400
years.

Japan | Wales | Design
16 June – 9 September 2018

Japan has one of the world’s most dynamic design cultures. In this major new exhibition
you’ll discover why Europe has been captivated by Japanese art and design. You’ll also
learn how Wales has played its own distinctive part in this fascinating story of international
exchange.

 

Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III), Kawarazaki Gonjuro as Watonai,
Edo period, 1863, woodblock print © Amgueddfa Cymru – National
Museum Wales

Many of the wonderful exhibits come from major Japanese national museums and have
never been seen in the UK before: costumes, ceramics, lacquer ware, painted screens and
modern and contemporary design objects. These sit alongside objects from around the UK
including the first ever Japanese piece known to have come to Wales: a stunning lacquered
coffer that has been at Chirk Castle for 400 years.

There are lots of events to support this exhibition too:
· 7-8 July Tanabata (Star Festival)
· 26 July Koto Performance
· 14-16 August Obon (Lantern Festival) Family Workshops
· 18 August Talk: The Japanese Tea Ceremony and the Tea Garden

 

 

For more information visit: https://museum.wales/cardiff/whatson/10055/KIZUNA-Japan–Wales–Design/

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