June 13, 2020
Itchiku Kubota kimono: exhibition at the Tokyo National Museum (30 June – 23 August 2020)
We are happy to announce that previously postponed due to the pandemic exhibition ‘KIMONO: Fashioning Identities’ will be held from 30 June until 23 August 2020 at the Tokyo National Museum. The museum owns the largest kimono collection in the world. This special exhibition traces the kimono from its inception some eight hundred years ago to its role today as a symbol of Japanese culture, and its increasing sway on the contemporary fashion scene. The last exhibition of this scale, devoted to kimono, took place at the Tokyo National Museum 47 years ago.
This exhibition is a truly significant occasion for us. It was exactly at the Tokyo National Museum, where young Kubota saw the fragments of ancient garments and decided to devote his life to the revival of the lost dyeing technique.
If you are in Japan or planning a trip, we highly recommend not to miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the works of the legendary artist. The Museum adheres to the strictest sanitising and distancing rules and makes everything possible to protect its visitors from COVID-19 (the number of visitors is limited and online ticket booking ahead of the visit is obligatory).
For more information about the exhibition and booking, please follow this link.
Photos: Exhibition poster (TNM), photo from a previous exhibition at the Russian Museum of Ethnography (St Petersburg, Russia).