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  3. Footsteps of Art 6: Koromo ni yosoou – KCUA Design Department




This exhibition introduces, through artwork, learning born from the relationship between student and teacher by exhibiting work from KCUA’s Art Archive Collection related to accessories and costumes made between the latter Meiji period and the pre-war Showa period. The Design Department of the Kyoto Prefectural School of Painting, the predecessor to KCUA, was established in the 21st year of the Meiji era (1888). The department was initially known as the Department of Practical Drawing, but after the renaming of the school, and various organisational changes, the title Design Department was settled upon in 1899. The original intention of establishing the Kyoto Prefectural School of Painting was to encourage the regional textiles and ceramic industries. Initially, the school placed heavy emphasis on the supporting of artists and so it took time for the expectations to be met. The industrial arts were still considered to be one aspect of industry, rather than an art form in themselves.

The early days of education in the Design Department were led by Japanese painter Kokyo Taniguchi (1864-1915) and sought direction from the conservative sense of aesthetic that had been preserved in the Kyoto area. The pillars of Japanese painting and design education were considered with a new clarity through the reorganisation as the School of Fine and Industrial Arts. Furthermore, through the employment of specialist designers such as Sekka Kamisaka (1866-1942) and Korin Furuya (1875-1910) as teachers, and the development of the art and craft society in 1909, this was a period of successful deepening of the smooth collaboration between the school and society. At this time there was considerable influence coming from design activities abroad, yet the school maintained its roots in sketching from nature and expression born from Japanese classics of the Rinpa school.

The Design Department of the School of Fine and Industrial Arts had a long history of producing people of talent in the traditional arts. However, although it did provide specialised design education, the real artwork creation was entrusted to the local workshops and studios. This design education developed as a part of the organisations of specialisms that were rooted in Kyoto. As a result, the activities of designers became more obscure and the number of people following in these footsteps today are few.

This exhibition of graduation work shows designs that use the Yuzen dyeing method and Nishijin textiles: both aspects of the Kyoto textile industry. After the development of the Japanese light industry following the First Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895), there was a need to respond to the demand for dyeing and textiles in Kyoto. Purchases came from within the arts and crafts research society from textile industry figures such as Sozaemon Nishimura (Chiso) and Shinshichi Iida (Takashimaya) after they had submitted design briefs and exchanged ideas. We welcome everybody to enjoy a walk through the magnificence of Kyoto’s textile industry and the world of costume designs.

11:00 –19:00(最終入場18:30まで)
京都市立芸術大学 芸術資料館
TEL: 075-253-1509 | E-MAIL: gallery@kcua.ac.jp
2015.8.27(Thu) –9.6(Sun)
11:00 –19:00 (admission before 18:30)
Closed on
every Monday
admission free
Curated/planned by
Kyoto City University of Arts Art Museum
Organized by
Kyoto City University of Arts
Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery @KCUA
Phone: +81-(0)75-253-1509 | E-mail: gallery@kcua.ac.jp