Inspired by a traditional Japanese craft comes an overwhelmingly enchanting exhibition of Koinobori. The installation has been created and curated by Reiko Sudo, Adrien Gardere and Seiichi Saito at the National Art Centre in Tokyo. “Koinobori Now!” features over 300 of the streamers and will be on view until May 28, 2018.
The unique exhibit presents some 300 colorful Koinobori, crafted by Sudo – a leading textile designer from Japan. The artist finds her inspiration from Koinobori, which means "carp streamer" in Japanese. Koinobori are carp-shaped windsocks that are flown in the country to celebrate its traditional calendrical event “Tango no sekku.” Koinobori are usually made by drawing carp patterns on paper, cloth or other non woven fabric and are then allowed to flutter in the wind. The artist takes inspiration from this joyous and vivid event, which is celebrated on the last day of the Japanese Golden Week.
A highlight of the exhibit is Sudo's collaboration with French exhibition designer Gardere, who has previously presented Sudo’s works in globally renowned institutes like the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. and the Guimet Museum in Paris. She joins hands with Sudo and Saito, a noted member of Rhizomatiks, to create the phenomenal installation artworks at the National Art Center, Tokyo’s largest gallery.
Another highlight is the hands-on experience center with special tools that allow visitors to enjoy and create koinobori at any time. In another area, visitors can feel and touch the textiles used to make the koinobori and thus, learn more about their respective titles and origins. The exhibition will also be accompanied by unique talks by those involved, including Gardere’s first lecture in Japan.
"Koinobori Now! Installation by Reiko Sudo, Adrien Gardere, and Seiichi Saito” until May 28, 2018 at The National Art Centre 7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8558, Japan.
For details, visit: www.nact.jp
Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.
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