Contemporary Wood-Carved Netsuke
14 February 2018 10:00 am
The Japan Foundation
In celebration of the 45th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Vietnam, The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam, in cooperation with Embassy of Japan in Vietnam present a travelling exhibition: Contemporary Wood-Carved Netsuke.
Contemporary Wood-Carved Netsuke is an innovative contemporary crafts exhibition presenting 65 works by contemporary netsuke carvers and artists. A netsuke is a non-slip toggle that has been used since the Edo period (1603-1868) to secure small personal items such as money pouches, medicine containers or tobacco containers worn suspended on cords from the obi, a sash worn with a kimono. These practical objects were created by and for the common people and greatly enjoyed by them. As Western clothing was adopted from the Meiji period (1868-1911), however, netsuke disappeared from daily life in Japan.
This exhibition focuses on contemporary netsuke and focuses on the highly artistic skills and playfulness embodied in the netsuke of today.
The exhibition runs daily from 8.30am to 6pm except for during Tet (Feb. 13 to Feb. 21). It is being shown at The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange, 27 Quang Trung, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi. Entrance is free of charge.