Lines and Shapes, Lines and Spaces - The Bamboowork of Iizuka Rōkansai and Tanabe Chikuunsai
In a nutshell
If you think this is just boring bamboo baskets, you’re completely wrong. This exhibition showcases intricate, delicate, stunning works in bamboo of different shapes, styles and colors. The handiwork of four artists from the Chikuunsai family and three artists from the Iizuka family are on display.
Musée Tomo, or the Kikuchi Kanjitsu Memorial Tomo Art Museum, is located the Nishikubo Building in Toranomon. The museum makes great use of the open entrance and spiral stairway to display two gorgeous large format works by Toko Shinoda and a glass handrail by Naoto Yokoyama. There are three gallery rooms in the basement which are decorated in dark colors with dramatic lighting that focuses attention on the artwork.
English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)
There is an English handout with general information about the museum. The introduction and chapter information is translated into English but additional information by each piece is in Japanese only. The only English on the website is information about the current exhibition.
Photos of the lobby and the staircase are allowed but not of the artwork in the exhibition space.
It is appealing to see baskets and other items made out of something as common as bamboo crafted into unusual weaves, patterns, and designs.
Anyone interested in Japanese crafts elevated to the master status would enjoy this exhibition.
How far out?
The museum is a 5-7 walk from the Kamiyacho station (exit 4b), a 10+ minute walk from the Roppongi-Itchome station (exit toward Izumi Garden), a 10 minute walk from the Tameike Sanno station (exit 13) and a 10 minute walk from the Toranomon station (exit 3).
How much time?
How much money?
¥1,000 for general admission.
July 16, 2018
Rating: make a special trip, see it if you’re in the area or have some free time, see it only if you like this specific type of art
Worth seeing if you’re in the area or have some free time.