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"Keisuke Serizawa: A National Art Treasure of Japan"
2001-08-25 until 2001-11-25
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
USA United States of America
In 1955, the Japanese government instituted a system of designating and honoring living artists who have distinguished themselves in the traditional folk arts and crafts. Given the title Living National Art Treasure, these artists were paid to train a few apprentices each year, thus assuring that the traditional art form would continue after the master was gone.
Keisuke Serizawa, master of the kataezome hand-stenciled dyeing process and leader of the Japanese folk art movement, received this coveted designation in 1956. His stencil dyeing took many forms, appearing on paper prints, kimonos, sliding doors and decorative screens, book covers and calendars.
The Museum will exhibit a wide array of Serizawas magnificent work, including hand-stenciled dye prints on paper, fans, assorted wall hangings, calendars and parasols. In addition, the exhibition Keisuke Serizawa: A National Art Treasure of Japan will include hand-stenciled dyed prints by several of Serizawas apprentices; handmade paper signed by Eishiro Abe (a Living National Art Treasure for Handmade Papermaking); a folk-art-style hanging scroll; an accordion-pleated book showing Japanese folk toys; a display of katagami (stencils used for applying family crests to kimonos); a selection of Japanese folk toys; and a collection of sketches showing Keisuke Serizawa, his family and his studio rendered by Dr. Daniel Verne.