Itchiku Kubota Kimonos (re)visited

I have been home for a week now, and I am still in a post-trip-of-a-lifetime depression.

But today, a package arrived, which managed to pierce through the thick clouds of grey. It was a gift to myself, a reminder of the beauty of the country we travelled, and for which I think I will be a bit homesick for the rest of my life.

Book: Kimono as Art – The Landscapes of Itchiku Kubota

Yes, we have been to Japan. A gastronomic tour of almost 3 weeks, with our stay at Lake Kawaguchiko, including our visit to the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum as the absolute highlight.

I have seen some of his work in 2015, and have been wanting to visit his museum ever since. And now we have.

Imagine: Gorgeous weather, cherry blossoms in full bloom between our terrace and the lake, and a clear view of Mount Fuji behind the lake.

Not a postcard, just a picture we took from our hotel

A private open air hot spring bath for us to enjoy this eternally beautiful view (with some good, chilled sake at hand) and only a 15 minute walk from the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum. Oh yes, we have been living the Japanese dream.

Sorry about the feet… but this is us, in our private hot spring bath!

Back when I was still happy…

Sigh…

XXX Annika

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Itchiku Kubota’s Kimonos

 

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Oud nieuws! :-) Ik ben eind mei op het nippertje nog naar de tentoonstelling ‘Zijden Pracht, Kimono’s uit de Kubota Collectie’, in het SieboldHuis (Japanmuseum) in Leiden geweest.

Er hingen 15 kostbare zijden kimono’s van de Japanse kunstenaar Itchiku Kubota, en er werden films vertoond over zijn leven en werk.

De getoonde kimono’s zijn eigenlijk extreem bewerkelijke schilderijen op zijde, ze waren nooit bedoeld als kleding. Ze maken deel uit van een indrukwekkend ‘totaalkunstwerk’, een panoramische schildering die zichtbaar wordt als alle kimono’s naast elkaar hangen.

De tentoonstelling in Leiden is nu afgelopen, maar het werk van Itchiku Kubota wordt regelmatig ergens getoond. Als je de kans hebt kan ik je een bezoek aanraden! De inmiddels overleden kunstenaar heeft bepaald dat zijn kimono’s altijd van dichtbij te bewonderen moeten zijn, dus bijvoorbeeld niet achter glas.

In Japan is een museum waar permanent een wisselend deel van de Kubota Collectie hangt. En tot 31 augustus 2015 is er in Parijs een tentoonstelling met 14 zijden kimono’s die Itchiku Kubota als theaterkostuum heeft ontworpen.

In het SieboldHuis was het licht (begrijpelijk) zo spaarzaam dat ik maar geen foto’s heb genomen.  Maar op YouTube en de eigen website van The Kubota Collection is veel te zien. 

Beelden van een Kubota tentoonstelling in St. Petersburg, 2014:

De film Kimono as Art – Itchiku Kubota, Engels gesproken, in 3 delen op YouTube:

Deel 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKUlnKReKFA

Deel 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uyXJ9Tedvo

Deel 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trt5LQMez7U

XXX Annika

ENGLISH

Old news! :-) I went to see the exhibition ‘Silk Splendor – Kimono’s from the Kubota Collection’, just before it closed in May. It was in the SieboldHuis (Japan museum) in Leyden, the city where I work.

On display were 15 precious silk kimonos by Japanese artist Itchiku Kubota, and three movies about his life and work were shown.

The kimonos are really extremely laborious paintings on silk, they were never meant as clothing. They are part of an impressive, large work of art, a continuous panoramic painting formed when all of the kimonos are hanging side by side.

Even though the exhibition in Leyden is closed now, Kubota’s work is displayed regularly somewhere around the globe. If you have a chance to visit, I highly recommend you take the opportunity!

The artist (who is no longer with us) decided that viewers should always be able to see his work up close, so it should not be behind glass or something.

In Japan there is a Kubota museum that permanently shows part of the Kubota Collection (they change the kimonos out because silk is so vulnerable to light). And until 31 August 2015 there is an exhibition in Paris, France. It shows 14 silk kimonos that Itchiku Kubota designed as theatre costumes.

In the SieboldHuis the lighting was so dim (understandably), that I did not take any photos. But there is lots to see on YouTube and the Kubota Collection website.

Images of a Kubota show in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2014

The movie ‘Kimonos as Art – Itchiku Kubota’, in three parts on YouTube:

Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKUlnKReKFA

Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uyXJ9Tedvo

Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trt5LQMez7U

XXX Annika