Folio: Kimono For a Modern Age at LACMA

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in Folio | No Comments

 

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LACMA, Unveils Kimono Collection From Showa Period

The LACMA’s latest exhibit of the 20th century kimonos, Kimono For a Modern Age, promises a cross-cultural visual delight. Thirty kimonos selected from the museum’s permanent collection will be on view in LACMA’s Pavilion for Japanese Art. It will be the museum’s first time showcasing an exhibition  in its Pavilion designed by architect, Bruce Goff. The Kimono exhibit will also mark the 25th anniversary of the building.

Kimono Strip

The beginning of 1926 marked the early rise of the Showa period, a movement that adopted a whimsical aesthetic that was said to inspire the Art Deco as well as Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism styles.It was also during this time that vibrant colors and eclectic patterns permeated the Japanese market with the spread of synthetic dyes that traveled from Western Europe. With many Japanese women still wearing the kimono, they began to adapt their native dress to modernized textiles and prints. Kimono for a Modern Age speaks to this paradigm shift that embraced the marriage of western and eastern sensibilities.

“The vivid colors and bold graphic patterns, which include both traditional and modern motifs, will not only delight and surprise the viewer, but will shed light on the artistic and cultural changes that took place in modern Japan” says Sharon S. Takeda, senior curator and head of LACMA’s Costume and Textiles Department and curator of Kimono for a Modern Age.

LACMA  Art Exhibition Kimonos

LACMA  Art Exhibition Kimonos

LACMA  Art Exhibition Kimonos

LACMA  Art Exhibition Kimonos

LACMA  Art Exhibition Kimonos

LACMA  Art Exhibition Kimonos

LACMA  Art Exhibition Kimonos

LACMA  Art Exhibition Kimonos

LACMA  Art Exhibition Kimonos

 

 

Kimono for a Modern Age will be on show in the LACMA’s Pavilion for Japanese Art from July 5th to October 19th. Viewers can view the free exhibit during LACMA’s opening hours.

 

Kimono For a Modern Age

Pavilion for Japanese Art
LACMA – Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90036
Until October 19th 2014



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