What do the Mountain Spirits Ponder?

Itchiku Kubota

What do the Mountain Spirits Ponder?

November 22, 2018 - February 20, 2019

The exhibition was organized by the International Chodiev Foundation

When East Comes West: A Celebration of Japanese Culture
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 from 7 – 9 pm

A unique and special opportunity to witness the welcoming and unveiling of a signature piece in the exhibition while celebrating Japanese culture.

The evening includes:
– Japanese fusion cuisine
– Unveiling of Itchiku Kubota masterwork kimono
– Booming Tree Taiko Drummers
– Sneak Peek information about the Gallery’s 2019 exhibitions and programs

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About the Exhibition

The exhibition features 45 kimono with brilliant designs brought to life by the creative genius of Itchiku Kubota (1917-2003), an extraordinary artist who won international recognition through exhibitions in North America and Europe for his unconventional designs, distinctive use of color, and intense commitment to his art and craft. His revival and modernization of ‘tsujigahana’, a textile art form lost for centuries, has also assured him a special place in Japanese legacy.

Exhibition History

Throughout the years the array of kimono echoed throughout the world: the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands welcomed Kubota’s creations in 1989, Spain followed suit and in 1990, the exhibition went to France for the third time, when it was exhibited in the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. By the mid 1990s they created a sensation at the Smithsonian, Washington, USA and the Canadian Museum of Civilization: the exhibition catalogue unexpectedly became the best ever selling publication in Smithsonian history.


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Opening Reception

November 22, 2018 at 7 - 9pm

Join us for the opening reception of the exhibition "What do the Mountain Spirits Ponder?" The event will be held at the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie, and is free and open to the public.