Eyes of Sori Yanagi

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Eyes of Sori Yanagi

Famous for shying away from pretension and for finding beauty in everyday items, the Japan Folk Crafts Museum is paying homage to one of its own. Munemichi Yanagi (known as Sori Yanagi) was a world-famous industrial designer (most famed for his '50s Butterfly Stool) who also served as a director of the museum for over 30 years, and this exhibition shows off his eye for aesthetics in the form of the vast array of masks, textiles and ceramics he collected over the years. It's a very personal collection that provides an insight into the inspirations and creations of this arts and crafts connoisseur whose artistic intuition and worldwide travels combined to make him one of Japan's most influential designers and collectors of the 20th century.

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