Amazing Craftmanship: From Meiji Kogei to Contemporary Art

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驚異の超絶技巧!-明治工芸から現代アートへ-

Early in the Meiji era, when Japanese society was being rapidly rearranged and 'modernised' by the new authorities, traditional crafts and craftsmanship (kogei) was entering a golden age. Fields like metalcrafts and lacquerware had undergone stunning development during the long 'Edo peace', and a new generation of artisans was now taking this technological know-how and applying it in innovative ways to create more realistic pieces than ever before. This exhibition shines a light on masterpieces from the era and explores how they have inspired contemporary artists throughout the postwar period. 

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