Japanese art and fashion this summer

Comme des Garçons (Rei Kawakubo), Autumn/Winter 2012, Photography: Masayuki Hayashi / Collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute / © The artist

The Gallery will present a program of exhibitions celebrating contemporary Japanese art and fashion this summer.

In addition to The obliteration room 2002 – present, the ever-popular ‘dot’ installation by world-renowned artist Yayoi Kusama, QAGOMA will present significant collection-based exhibitions including ‘Hanga: Modern Japanese Prints’ and ‘We can make another future: Japanese art after 1989’, as well as the much anticipated exhibition ‘Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion’.

Audiences have an unparalleled opportunity to access a vast array of works ranging from exquisite wood block prints by leading proponents of the sõsaku-hanga (creative print) movement through to contemporary sculpture, video and sound installations as well as a comprehensive survey of over 100 garments and accessories, curated by world-renowned fashion historian Akiko Fukai.

The program also draws into focus the significant role benefaction plays in the development of QAGOMA’s collection and highlights many works that could not have been acquired without the support of QAGOMA Foundation members.

The Myer Family’s support of The Kenneth and Yasuko Myer Collection of Contemporary Asian Art, a legacy of the Gallery’s Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) and individuals benefactors such as Mrs Win Schubert AO and Mr James Sourris AM are acknowledged amongst those who have generously contributed to developing the Gallery’s extraordinary holdings of contemporary Japanese art.

QAGOMA’s Japanese Summer includes:

O 2009, a beautiful and thought-provoking video and sound installation by Japanese-born, London-based Hiraki Sawa. O considers cycles of time and movement through immersive central Australian imagery.

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Hiraki Sawa, Japan/United Kingdom b.1977 / O 2009 (installation view) / Multi-channel video installation / Purchased 2010. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist

‘Hanga: Modern Japanese Prints’ explores the texture, colour and innovation of Japanese printmaking from the 1960s to the present. The exhibition showcases printmakers working in a variety of techniques and styles, including innovators such as Kiyoshi Saitõ, as well as artists known in broader contemporary art contexts such as Tõkõ Shinoda, Tadanori Yokoo and Masami Teraoka.

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]Masami Teraoka, Japan/United States b.1936 / Namiyo at Hanauma Bay (from ‘Hanauma Bay’ series) 1985 / Colour lithograph on buff Arches cover paper, ed. 72/150 / Purchased 1989 with funds from Queensland Coal Resources through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist

We can make another future’ profiles the depth and breadth of QAGOMA’s collection of contemporary Japanese art, including much-loved works such as Kohei Nawa’s glass bauble-encrusted PixCell-Double Deer#4 2010, Takahiro Iwasaki’s floating wooden temple Reflection Model (Perfect Bliss) 2010-12, Yayoi Kusama’s immersive, mirrored installation Soul under the moon 2002 and large-scale, vibrantly coloured Flowers that bloom at midnight 2011. The exhibition also includes works by leading Japanese artists Takashi Murakami, Yasumasa Morimura, Yoshitomo Nara and Masami Teraoka.

Kohei Nawa, Japan b.1975 / PixCell-Double Deer #4 2010 / Mixed media / Purchased 2010 with funds from the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Diversity Foundation through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist

The summer of ‘Japanese cool’ heightens with ‘Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion’ opening on 1 November 2014. Tickets are now on sale for the exhibition which explores the innovative and influential developments in Japanese fashion from the early 1980s to the present. Along with iconic garments by pioneering fashion figures such as Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto, ‘Future Beauty’ will showcase designs by innovators Junya Watanabe and Jun Takahashi and garments by the next generation including Tao Kurihara, Taro Horiuchi, Matohu, Akira Naka, Mikio Sakabe, Somarta, Né-net and mintdesigns.

We would like to thank Principal Partner: Tourism and Events Queensland; Principal Sponsor: Audi; and Supporting Sponsor: Gadens.

Curated by eminent Japanese fashion historian Akiko Fukai, Director of the esteemed Kyoto Costume Institute in Japan, this exhibition was originally conceived by the Barbican Art Gallery, London and the Kyoto Costume Institute, established by Wacoal Corp. and currently organised by the Kyoto Costume Institute in collaboration with the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art.

]Comme des Garçons (Rei Kawakubo), Spring/Summer 1997, Photography: Takashi Hatakeyama / Collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute / © The artist

The Children’s Art Centre will present Yayoi Kusama’s The obliteration room 2002 – present.

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Yayoi Kusama, Japan b.1929 / The obliteration room 2002 – present / Furniture, white paint, dot stickers / Collaboration between Yayoi Kusama and Queensland Art Gallery. Commissioned Queensland Art Gallery, Australia. Gift of the artist through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2012 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © Yayoi Kusama, Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc