Homecoming Exhibition "WA: The Spirit of Harmony and Japanese Design Today"

Installation image of exhibition WA at Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris  1
Exhibition at Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris in 2008
Exhibition Designer: TONERICO:INC.
Photography by C.-O.Meylan

The Japan Foundation presented “WA: The Spirit of Harmony and Japanese Design Today” exhibition to introduce excellent Japanese product designs to the world. This exhibition traveled through Paris, Budapest, Essen, Warsaw, Saint-Etienne and Seoul from October 2008 to March 2011.

Now the exhibition returns to Japan from June 24 to July 30, 2011, hosted by Musashino Art University Museum & Library and co-hosted by the Japan Foundation.

For this exhibition, about 160 items from a variety of fields of contemporary Japanese product designs were selected by four leading figures in Japanese designs, namely Hiroshi Kashiwagi, prof. at Musashino Art University; Masafumi Fukagawa, curator at the Kawasaki City Museum; Shu Hagiwara, design director; and Noriko Kawakami, journalist.

Installation image of exhibition WA at Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris  2
Exhibition at Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris in 2008
Exhibition Designer: TONERICO:INC.
Photography by C.-O.Meylan

The exhibition will take place in three exhibition rooms of redesigned Musashino Art University Museum that will open in June 2011. The exhibition space will be designed by TONERICO:INC., a unit of designers covering from interior to product designs. Lightening designer Yuko Yamashita and graphic designers will be Kei Matsushita and Tomoko Tanabe will take part in designing the exhibition in Japan, as they did in the exhibition in Paris. We hope that Japanese visitors will share the world of Japanese product designs that has been appreciated by visitors across the world.


Exhibition Outline

Exhibition name: WA: The Spirit of Harmony and Japanese Design Today
Exhibition Dates: Friday, June 24 - Saturday, July 30, 2011
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00, (10:00-17:00 on Saturdays)
Closed on Sundays and holidays.
* Open on July 18 (national holiday) from 10:00-17:00
Venue: Musashino Art University Museum & Library
[Address]
1-736 Ogawa-cho, Kodaira-shi, Tokyo 187-8505 Japan
Organizer: Musashino Art University
Co-organizer: The Japan Foundation, Musashino Art University Research Center for Art and Design
Curators: Hiroshi Kashiwagi, prof. at Musashino Art University
Masafumi Fukagawa, curator at the Kawasaki City Museum
Shu Hagiwara, design director
Noriko Kawakami, journalist
Exhibition Designers:
Lighting Designer:
Art Director:
Graphic Designer:

TONERICO:INC. Hiroshi Yoneya, Ken Kimizuka

Y2 LIGHTING DESIGN Yuko Yamashita
Kei Matsushita

Tomoko Tanabe
Financial Support: Japan Arts Council
Admission: Free

Symposium "Contemporary Japanese Products Witnessed by the World"

Dates: June 27, 2011 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Venue: Musashino Art University, Building 1, Lecture Room 104
Capacity: 250 people
Admission: Free
Booking: Not required
Guest speakers: Hiroshi Kashiwagi, Masafumi Fukagawa, Shu Hagiwara, Noriko Kawakami, TONERICO:INC., Kei Matsushita and Yuko Yamashita
Program: Leading figures who were involved in exhibition planning or producing will gather for this symposium. The symposium consists of two parts; the first "Curation Talk" and the second "Creation Talk". The quest speakers will review the impact of "WA: The Spirit of Harmony and Japanese Design Today" exhibition having travelled around the world.
Language: Japanese without interpretation

Photo of Fukunishiki
Fukunishiki Barrel / 1993
Designer: Issay Kitagawa (GRAPH)
Company: Fukunishiki Co., Ltd.
1993 Issay Kitagawa @GRAPH

Photo of artwork titled MEMENTO
MEMENTO / 2006
Designer: Hiroshi Yoneya / Yumi Masuko
TONERICO:INC.
Company: CASSINA IXC. Ltd.

Photo of Opus-1 Nero
Opus-1 Nero / 2008
Designer: Ichiro Iwasaki (IWASAKI DESIGN STUIDO)
Company: EVERGREEN INTERNATIONAL Co;Ltd.

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Visual Arts Section, Arts and Culture Dept., The Japan Foundation
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