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The theme of “Hokuriku Crafts Festival GO FOR KOGEI 2022” and the details of the special exhibition have been decided.

The Hokuriku Crafts Festival GO FOR KOGEI is an initiative to disseminate the charm of crafts both domestically and internationally with the aim of forming a wide-ranging art area set in Hokuriku where rich nature and history have inherited the culture nurtured by history. At GO FOR KOGEI 2022, which will be held from September 17 (Sat) to October 23 (Sun), 2022, various programs will be implemented that will inspire you to travel to Hokuriku such as special exhibitions to be held simultaneously at three temples, shrines and temples designated as Important Cultural Properties, and collaboration with seven “craft festivals” held in each region.

In the second release, we will inform you about the overall theme of GO FOR KOGEI 2022, as well as the highlights of the special exhibition “Making: What Land, Lifestyle, and Prayer Weave Together” and the detailed information of the 20 exhibiting artists. At the same time, the official website will be renewed from today, and advance sales of common passports for the three special exhibition venues will begin.

  • GO FOR KOGEI 2022

Title: Hokuriku Crafts  Festival GO FOR KOGEI 2022
Theme: Shake Your Emotions and Craft Journey
Title of Exhibition: Making: What Brings Together Land, Lifestyle, and Prayer
Period: September 17 (Sat) – October 23 (Sun), 2022
Closed: None
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. *Admission until 30 minutes before closing *Nayaji Temple is 9:15 a.m.
Venue: Katsukoji Temple (17-1 Fushigi Kokokufu, Takaoka-shi, Toyama Prefecture), Naya-ji Temple (Yu 122, Natani-cho, Komatsu-shi, Ishikawa)
Otaki Shrine, Otata Shrine (13 -1 Otaki-cho, Echizen-shi, Fukui)
Price: Common passport 1,800 yen in advance, 2,000 yen at the door
Individual admission ticket Katsukoji Temple 1,200 yen Nataniji Temple 1,200 yen Otaki Shrine and Okata Shrine 500 yen
Tickets on sale: Tickets sold at PassMarket (tickets will also be sold at the reception desk at each venue during the exhibition)
         https://passmarket.yahoo.co.jp/event/show/detail/02qh330y7ze21.html
Organizers: Certified NPO Koto Kanazawa, Independent Administrative Institution Japan Arts and Culture Promotion Association, Agency for Cultural Affairs
Co-organizers: Kanazawa 21st Century Crafts Festival Executive Committee, Kutanism Executive Committee, Glass Festa (Toyama Glass Workshop),
Takaoka Craft Market District Executive Committee, RENEW Executive Committee, Craft Festival Executive Committee
 

  • THEME FOR KOGEI 2022

Emotional swinging, craft journey

GO FOR KOGEI began in 2020 as a platform to convey the charm of crafts from a modern perspective set in Hokuriku. In the three Hokuriku prefectures of Toyama, Ishikawa, and Fukui, there are many production areas of crafts that make use of local natural materials and techniques that have been handed down since ancient times. In addition, museums, universities, research institutes, and workshops are concentrated in a concentration of research and production from a specialized standpoint, fostering a rich soil where new crafts that are not bound by conventional fields can sprout. In order to convey the appeal of crafts from Hokuriku Prefecture, which has a wide range of crafts, last year we held two large-scale exhibitions to present the diversifying nature of crafts together with the adjacent contemporary art and design.

This time, under the theme of “Crafting Journeys that Shake Emotions,” we will reconsider the way in which we live in the present day relate to “things” through crafts that can be said to be the origin of manufacturing. Craft initiatives that have been carried out by handiwork until now have also changed with the times. Encounters with crafts that transcend time are an opportunity to learn not only about the creator and the production area, but also how to face materials that are in line with the times. Facing things that seem to have nothing to do with us brings people closer together, sways our emotions over time, and brings texture to our casual lives. Isn’t that the craft that is the most familiar art for us?

At GO FOR KOGEI 2022, we will deliver a special exhibition that shows the amplitude of “manufacturing” from the return to primitives to the latest technology within the time axis, a craft festival that connects with creators in each region, and various programs to discover the culture, climate, and history of Hokuriku that has nurtured crafts. From the universal that has not changed since ancient times to the future-oriented, the experience of touching in this Hokuriku land where crafts and people’s lives are closely connected will touch your subtleties and shake your emotions. I hope that crafts will serve as a good guide for people visiting Hokuriku to travel.

General Supervisor and Special Exhibition Curator
Yuji Akimoto
Professor Emeritus, Tokyo University of the Arts, Director of the Nerima City Museum of Art
 

 

  • Outline of the Special Exhibition “Making: What Land, Lifestyle, and Prayer Weave Together”

The special exhibition “Making: What Land, Lifestyle, and Prayer Weave Together” is a sequel to “The Relationship and Creativity of Materials and Production Beyond Genres” that was shown at last year’s exhibition “The Fate of Craft-like Beauty: Crafts, Contemporary Art, Art Brut.” In this exhibition, we will introduce artists who review various materials such as textiles, dyeing and weaving, ceramics, lacquer, metal, wood, paper, etc., as well as their methods and techniques related to them, from the viewpoint of “making” and engage in creative activities.

The artists exhibited are Satomi Kashio, Yumiko Kawai, Akira Komoritani, Ushioko Fukumoto, Masataka Hosoo, and Shinichiro Yoshida as a development of diverse expressions using textiles, dyeing and weaving as materials. Nanaya Kondo, Yuki Nara, and Akishi Shinsato create hybrid works that cross genres from crafty approaches such as ceramics and metalwork. Yui Inoue, Kohei Ukai, and Michiko Saai develop new craft expressions from the relationship between materials and places. Tomoko Konoike, Masaya Hashimoto, and Yurika Roppongi create new stories based on the history and climate of the land and turn them into works of art. Rina Osogawa and Anna Miyagi mediate human existence and the body to express materials, the world, and the relationship between me and people. Beyond technology and anti-technology, Takumi Irizawa, Kazumi Kamae, and Mori Ogasawara will participate in the search for expression from the perspective of “play” so as to eliminate it.

At the shrines, temples and temples representing the Toyama, Ishikawa, and Fukui regions, site-specific works will be developed in architecture, gardens, and the natural environment.

Curator: Yuji Akimoto (Curator / Professor Emeritus, Tokyo University of the Arts, Director of the Nerima City Museum of Art)
Kentaro Takayama (Curator / Representative of Artness Inc.)
Venue design: Takayuki Zhou Bo (Architect)

 

  • Special Exhibition Highlights

(1) A diverse 20 artists, ranging from young to talented artists, who are active in the world of crafts, contemporary art, and art brut, will participate.

(2) We will exhibit site-specific works in the architecture, gardens, and natural environment of historical shrines and temples.

(3) From the relationship and creativity of materials and production that transcends genres, we present a variety of value evaluations such as contemporary art and crafts.

 

 

  • Artists exhibited at Katsukoji Temple (Takaoka City, Toyama Prefecture)

 

 


Mori Ogasawara
, Satomi Kashio, Kazumi Kamae, Yumiko Kawai, Ruina Osogawa, Akira Komoriya

Yuki Nara, Ushioko Fukumoto, Masataka Hosoo, Anna Miyagi, Shinichiro Yoshida
*For the artist’s profile, please check the attached materials.

Katsukōji Temple
Katsukō-ji (勝興寺, Katsukō-ji) is a temple of the Honganji sect of the Jōdo Shin Buddhism, located in Fushigi-Kokufu, Takaoka, Toyama Prefecture, Japan, on the coast of the Japan Sea. It was founded by Honganji VIII Renjō Ueto as a base for missionary work in Echichu in the third year of civilization (1471), and moved to its present location through various transitions. In the vast precinct of about 30,000 m2, 12 buildings, including the main hall, have been designated as Important Cultural Properties. The conservation and repair business, which took 23 years from 1998 as a “major repair of Heisei”, was completed in 2021. This exhibition will be held in a vast area including architectural spaces such as the Great Hall, Shikidai, Kitchen, and Shoin, which have been designated as Important Cultural Properties, as well as outdoor spaces such as gardens.

 

  • Artists exhibiting at Natani-ji Temple (Komatsu City, Ishikawa Prefecture)

 

Yui Inoue, Takumi Irizawa, Kohei Ukai, Nanaya Kondo, Michiko Saai, Akishi Shinsato

*For the artist’s profile, please check the attached materials.

Naya Temple
Naya-ji is a Buddhist temple in Komatsu City, Ishikawa Prefecture, located at the foot of Mount Hakusan where the pottery stones of Kutani ware can be taken. It is said that it was founded by Taisumi in the first year of Yorozu (717). The wide precinct is called the Strange Rock Yusen Precinct, and it is also a famous spot for picking autumn leaves, and there are seven important cultural properties such as the main hall built in the rock cave and two scenic spots. This exhibition will be exhibited in the Shoin and Gardens of Important Cultural Properties located in the Special Viewing Area, as well as in the precincts and forests where the Strange Rock Yusen Boundary is located in the regular viewing area.

 

  • Artists exhibiting at Otaki Shrine and Okata Shrine (Echizen City, Fukui Prefecture)

Tomoko Konoike, Masaya Hashimoto, Yurika Roppongi
*For the artist’s profile, please check the attached materials.

Otaki Shrine, Okata Shrine
Otaki Shrine and Okata Shrine are located in Echizen City, Fukui Prefecture, surrounded by deep mountains and lined with Echizen washi workshops. Otaki Shrine is said to have been founded by Taisumi in the third year of Yorozu (719), and the Okata Shrine enshrines the only paper god in the Japan, Kawakami Gozen. There is the Upper Palace (Okuno-in) at the top of the mountain and the Shimonomiya Shrine at the foot of the mountain, and since the main shrine of the Shimonomiya is shared by both shrines, the names of the two shrines are written together. This exhibition unfolds in the precincts of Shimonomiya and in the surrounding cedar forests.

 

  • About the Seven Craft Festivals

In Hokuriku Prefecture, where 23 items of traditional crafts designated by the country are made, there are many “craft festivals” where you can experience the charm of new crafts that are expanding into the realm of art and design. Along with special exhibitions and various programs held across the three prefectures of Toyama, Ishikawa, and Fukui, why not enjoy a Hokuriku trip around crafts?

 

Toyama Glass Festa
Venue: Toyama Glass Studio (152 Furuzawa, Toyama City, Toyama Prefecture)
Date: 2022/10/1 (Sat) – 10/2 (Sun)

Takaoka Craft Market Street
Venue: Takaoka, Toyama
Date: 2022/9/23 (Fri) – 9/25 (Sun) (Online: Available from 9/17)

Kanazawa 21st Century Crafts Festival
Venue: Various places in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture
Date: 2022/10 (planned)

KOGEI Art Fair Kanazawa 2022
Venue: Hyatt Centric Kanazawa (1-5-2 Hirooka, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa)
Date: 2022/12/9 (Fri) – 12/11 (Sun) *12/9 is for invitees only

KUTANism 2022
Venue: Nomi City, Komatsu City, Ishikawa Prefecture
Date: 2022/10/15 (Sat) – 12/11 (Sun)

RENEW/2022
Venue: Sabae City, Echizen City, Echizen Town, Fukui Prefecture
Date: 2022/10/7 (Fri) – 10/9 (Sun)

Millennium Future Crafts Festival
Venue: Echizen-shi Aisin Sports Arena (2-8-23 Takase, Echizen-shi, Fukui)
Date: 2022/8/27 (Sat) – 8/28 (Sun)

 

 

  • About the future life created by Craft × Design

GO FOR KOGEI 2021 Special Exhibition II: We will deliver a program to experience crafts that bring texture to casual living, including eating and drinking experiences unique to Hokuriku using products created by “Crafts × Design  The image of life with crafts drawn by 13 directors”. Please confirm the program details and venue from the website.
Date: Between 2022/9/1 (Sat) – 10/23 (Sun)

 

 

  • About ticket sales

Prior to the opening of the exhibition, advance tickets for the common passport will be sold for the three special exhibition venues.
Rather than going around all three venues with individual admission tickets, you can purchase tickets at a discount of 1,100 yen with an advance common passport. As a bonus, the first 1,000 people who purchase advance tickets will receive an original tote bag. Please take this opportunity to purchase it.

Common passport advance: 1,800 yen    until September 16 (Fri)
>>>To buy tickets, click here: https://passmarket.yahoo.co.jp/event/show/detail/02qh330y7ze21.html

* The common passport is a ticket that can enter the 3 special exhibition venues (up to 1 time at each venue).
* Same-day tickets for the Common Passport will go on sale after September 17 (Sat) (2,000 yen).
*Individual admission tickets will go on sale from September 17 (Sat) (Katsukoji Temple 1,200 yen| Naya Temple 1,200 yen |Otaki Shrine and Ota Shrine 500 yen).
* Free of charge for junior high school students and younger, those with a disability certificate and one accompanying person. However, at Natani-ji, please pay 800 yen for junior high school students, 300 yen for elementary school students, free for infants, and 500 yen each for those with a disability certificate and one accompanying person.
* Electronic tickets purchased online will be exchanged for paper tickets at each venue of the special exhibition.

 

  • Press Conference & Commemorative Symposium

Prior to the opening of the event, on Saturday, July 30, we will hold a press conference on the contents of GO FOR KOGEI 2022 and a symposium “Rethinking Crafts – From the Perspectives of Art, Politics and Gender” to commemorate the opening of GO FOR KOGEI 2022.
We will guide you in the attached materials, so please come to the venue.

Date & Time: (1) 11:00 – 11:45 Press Conference
(2) 13:00 – 17:00 GO FOR KOGEI 2022 Commemorative Symposium
Venue: 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa Theater 21 (1-2-1 Hirosaka, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa)

 

  • Publicity Images

Images from the press release will be provided for publicity purposes.
If you wish, please check the attached materials and contact the person in charge of inquiry.
 

  • GO FOR KOGEI 2022

Title: Hokuriku Crafts  Festival GO FOR KOGEI 2022
Period: September 17 (Sat) – October 23 (Sun), 2022
Organizers: Certified NPO Koto Kanazawa, Independent Administrative Institution Japan Arts and Culture Promotion Association, Agency for Cultural Affairs
Co-organizers: Kanazawa 21st Century Crafts Festival Executive Committee, Kutanism Executive Committee, Glass Festa (Toyama Glass Workshop),
Takaoka Craft Market District Executive Committee, RENEW Executive Committee, Craft Festival Executive Committee
Special Cooperation: Ikebana Ohara-ryu (Ohara-ryu)
Cooperation: Katsukoji Temple, Naya Temple, Otaki Shrine, Otata Shrine, Toyama Glass Modeling Research Institute, Nikko Corporation
Special Sponsors: Aozora Pharmacy, THE SENSES, Future Human Resources Foundation, MCJ FinTech Co., Ltd.,
JP Alliance Co., Ltd., Being Group, Mirai Trust Co., Ltd., Lingyu Ting Museum of Art,
River Retreat Ya Tao
Supported by: Toyama, Ishikawa, Fukui, Toyama, Takaoka, Kanazawa, Nomi, Komatsu, Echizen, Toyama Association of Corporate Executives,
Kanazawa Association of Corporate Executives, Fukui Association of Corporate Executives, Toyama Youth Chamber of Commerce, Takaoka Youth Chamber of Commerce, Kanazawa Youth Chamber of Commerce,
Komatsu Youth Chamber of Commerce, Takeo Youth Chamber of Commerce, JR West Japan
Commissioned by the Reiwa 4th Japan Expo

Official website:   https://goforkogei.com/
* The official website has been renewed as of today.

 

 

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