What do the Mountain Spirits Ponder?
November 22, 2018 - February 20, 2019
The exhibition was organized by the International Chodiev Foundation
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.
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.
“It is a great honour to have my message conveyed on the auspicious occasion of the grand opening of What do the Mountain Spirits Ponder?, an exhibition of the stunning works of Itchiku Kubota. The timing of this exhibition is of particular note, being that 2018 marks the 90th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Canada.
“Kimono is an important mode for Japanese to express their own aesthetic sense, and Kubota’s immeasurable creative spirit transformed traditional Japanese garments into true works of art. I wish every success to this beautiful exhibition and to the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie.”
Mr. Shigenobu Kobayashi
Consul General of Japan
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