Japan, Japan, Japan

Japan, Japan, Japan
January 19 – December 30 2017

In 2017 we celebrate 150 years of diplomatic relations between Denmark and Japan with a number of activities – both in Denmark and Japan.

Along this we participate in an overall focus on relationships, inspirations and collaborations across crafts and design in Denmark and Japan. As part of this focus, we show three major Japanese exhibitions here in Copenhagen, the first in collaboration with the Japanese design agency Wise Wise.

Here you can experience traditional Japanese arts and crafts conveyed through both aesthetic objects and products that serve as everyday use: tea bins, ceramics, silverware, lamps, textiles, urushi bowls, bamboo wicker works, iron ware and much more.

14 Japanese artisans are represented at the exhibition, which is open and can be experienced in the rest of 2017. We celebrated the exhibition with Japanese visits from Wise Wise by Taketoshi Sato and Susumu Kondo in March.

The theme of this exhibition is continued with an exhibition-in-the-exhibition with Danish craftsmen and designers, including fashion designer Jan Machenhauer, ceramic artist Kirsten Sloth and glass designer Tora Urup. With this combination, we show some of the most outstanding contemporary Danish artisans, and focus on quality in both the Danish and Japanese works. In addition, this is complemented by furniture designed by architect Poul Kjærholm, who was appreciably inspired by Japan in many of his designs, and works by visual artist Tine Holscher.

In May we opened the second Japanese exhibition: Tomoyuki Matsuoka represents the new generation of Japanese furniture designers and embodies a global exchange tradition, where impressions and influences are expressed in the final works. Matsuoka has, besides studies in Japan, studied at the Architecture School in Copenhagen. The Matsuoka exhibition also lasts throughout 2017.

Our third Japanese exhibition in 2017 showcase the Japanese furniture brand Kitani, which manufactures some of the most craftwise challenging Danish furniture designs by Jacob Kjær, Ib Kofod-Larsen, Finn Juhl, Sigurd Ressell and Nanna Ditzel. Kitani is also in Denmark known to be the initiator of the construction of a Japanese 1: 1 version of Finn Juhl’s house from Ordrup, in Kitanis hometown Takayama. The Kitani Exhibition opens in the fall of 2017.

And as extra features – together with the other exhibitions – we have two additional launches:

First: Japanese wooden building bricks, designed by star architect Kengo Kuma in collaboration with another Japanese architect, Shuhei Kamiya. Kengo Kuma may not be so famous in Denmark yet, but probably will be over time, as he is the architect on the forthcoming H.C. Andersen Adventure House in Odense. The wooden building bricks are called TSUMIKI, a Japanese name, which is a contraction of meanings for ‘building’ and ‘wood’. You can stop by and build with TSUMIKI the rest of the year.

Then: Design Collaborations, which opens December 7th. at 5 pm, with architect and designer Lars Vejen. Lars Vejen has worked extensively with both Danish and Japanese craftsmen, workshops and design companies. All projects will be exhibited from the beginning of November to the beginning of December at the Kyoto Museum of Traditional Craft, and the same works will be shown here at A. Petersen from December 8th. until February 11th 2018.

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