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“All Living Things” – Yamanaka Lacquerware GATO MIKIO Exhibition

Yamanaka Lacquerware GATO MIKIO Exhibition “All Living Things”
Date: December 15th (Tue.) 2020 – December 29th (Tue.) 2020
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. *Closed on Sundays and public holidays
Exhibition Venue: HULS Gallery Tokyo (Akasaka, Tokyo)

Founded in 1908 at Yamanaka Onsen, Gato Mikio continues to produce lacquerware that exemplifies the distinguished, traditional wood-turning technique of the region. In this exhibition, the complete range of “MUSUBI” flower vases will be displayed, each paired exquisitely with a botanical arrangement by Hanaya Nishibeppu Shoten. This series consists of 10 different styles designed to represent the five elements of nature: earth, water, sun, air, and wind. Feast your senses, and enjoy the beauty of natural wood grains, complimented with a quintessentially Japanese sense of art and design. In addition to this main exhibition, a variety of newly launched layered boxes and cups will also be available.

We look forward to seeing you soon at our gallery.

* From December 16th to December 19th, limited sales of plants and wreaths arranged by Hanaya Nishibeppu Shoten will be available for purchase. Please contact our gallery staff for more details.

<Gato Mikio Profile>
Founded in 1908 (Meiji 41) as Gato Sawmill in Yamanaka Onsen, Ishikawa Prefecture. As a “kijiya” or wood-turning craftsmen, they inherited the philosophy of traditional wood-turners, producing lacquerware that focuses on the perfection of wooden substrates. In recent years, they have created lacquerwares that are both practical and artistic by fusing the high-leveled woodturning techniques with unique designer collaborations.


<Hisayuki Nishibeppu Profile>
Florist/Owner, Hanaya Nishibeppu Shoten
Initiated by an exhibition of his work at Haiiro Ookami, Mr. Nishibeppu began sharing space with Mr. Sato. He expresses a world perspective through his unique installations, using elements such as tree roots, mushrooms, and pieces of old trees. He also holds solo exhibitions.




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