Contemporary Wood-Carved Netsuke

As kimono culture flourished during the Edo period (1603-1868), netsuke, small carvings, were created as toggles to hold pouches and cases containing tobacco and medicine in place on the obi sash worn with the kimono. What began as functional pieces to prevent those little suspended containers from falling to the ground evolved into small but highly creative carvings. Today, classic netsuke have gained international acclaim as remarkably detailed carvings. Contemporary netsuke incorporating new subject matter and approaches have also been attracting attention. This traveling exhibition showcases contemporary netsuke carved of wood by living netsuke carvers in Japan, plus netsuke created by contemporary artists such as Izumi Kato. It also includes wooden netsuke that visitors may touch. Through this exhibition, visitors will appreciate the sophisticated skills and playful minds behind contemporary netsuke as well as its formal beauty and contemporaneity.

Exhibition Adviser
Taishu Komatsu (Director of Eisei Bunko Museum)

Committee member
Bishu Saito (First Chairperson of International Netsuke Carvers' Association)
Yuushi Tanida(Chief Curator of the Tobacco and Salt Museum)
Masanori Watanabe(Former President of the Japan Netsuke Society)
Masanobu Ito(Former Managing Director, Arts and Culture Department, The Japan Foundation)

Contemporary netsuke carvers and artists
[Contemporary Netsuke]
Tomoe Ikeda, Takeshi Inoue, Muhou Ishii, Tadatsuna Ito, Tomoyuki Iwata, Mansei Uehara, Zanmai Onosato, Shion Omagari, Mitsukuni Kagami, Asuka Kajiura, Rumine Kandachi, Ryo Kitazumi, Dosai Kudo, Motomasa Kurita, Akira Kuroiwa, Ryushi Komada, Masahiro Saito, Bishu Saito, Masami Sakai, Hideyuki Sakurai, Kouen Sawai, Rin Suzuki, Bokusen Takagi, Toshiki Tanaka, Tetsumi Dannohara, Yuzan Tatara, Shokou Terato, Douho Michiura, Mabu Nakakaji, Tadamine Nakagawa, Tohei Nakagawa, Hiroaki Nakanishi, Shinya Nagashima, Taisei Nakahata, Kazuaki Nakamura, Koma Hitomi, TanetoshiI Hiraga, Kazu Shogen, Yoka Mukaida, Mokuchu Yatsugi, Mushu Yamazaki, Yoji Yamada

[Contemporary Art]
Rieko Otake, Izumi Kato, Koji Tanada, Yoshimasa Tsuchiya

Logo of Contemporary Wood-Carved Netsuke

2022 first semester Myanmar *TBC

2021 second semester China *TBC

August 27 - September 17, 2021
Gallery Central (Perth, Australia)

July 9 - August 6, 2021
Bunbury Regional Gallery (Bunbury, Australia)

June 4 - 26, 2021
The Japan Foundation, Sydney (Sydney, Australia)

February 12 - March 14, 2021
Caloudra Regional Gallery (Sunshine Coast, Australia)

November 18 - December 3, 2020
Yujin Gallery (Busan, South Korea)

October 27 - November 13, 2020
Public Information and Cultural Center Silk Gallery (Seoul, South Korea)

October 6 - October 22, 2020
Consulate-General of Japan in Jeju, Public Information and Cultural Center (Jeju, South Korea)

June 27 - August 2, 2020
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery (Auckland, New Zealand)

January 10 - February 12, 2020
The Japan Foundation, New Delhi (New Delhi, India)

December 7 - 22, 2019
Indian Museum (Kolkata, India)

October 11 - October 22, 2019
Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai (Chennai, India)

July 1 - 21, 2019
Greenbelt 5 (Manila, Philippines)

May 1 - 26, 2019
Ayala Capitol Central (Bacolod, Philippines)

Photo of Bishu Saito's Work
Bishu Saito Falcon 1975

Photo of Motomasa Kurita's Work
Motomasa Kurita Auspicious Sign 2017

Photo of Bokusen Takagi's Work
Bokusen Takagi Skull 2014

Photo of Shinya Nagashima's Work
Shinya Nagashima DRAGON x QUEEN 2017

Photo of Ryushi Komada's Work
Ryushi Komada Woman Entertainer 2017

Photo of Zanmai Onosato's Work
Zanmai Onosato A Tengu’s Nose 2017

Photo of Hiroaki Nakanishi's Work
Hiroaki Nakanishi Mindscape 2007

Photo of Izumi Kato's Work
Izumi Kato Untitled 2017

Banner of Contemporary Wood-Carved Netsuke

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