Kamisaka Sekka

dawn of modern Japanese design

Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942) was one of Japan’s leading artists, designers and art instructors of the first half of the 20th century.

Art Exhibition previously on at Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney precinct, New South Wales, Australia.
From Friday 22 June 2012 to Sunday 26 August 2012

We have as much to talk about as this mountain is tall  image Flowers and plants of the four seasons, 1920–25 image Entrée dishes in the shape of a stream, 1920 image Birds and flowers of the four seasons, c1855 image Tulle strap shibori dress with iris motif  image

Published by Art Gallery of New South Wales on Tuesday 22 May 2012.
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Influenced by modern European styles such as art nouveau and the British Arts and Crafts Movement as well as traditional Japanese art, his bold, visually dynamic designs and innovative approach to production made him one of the greatest visionaries of modern Japanese art and design.

Sekka’s paintings on scrolls and screens, drawings for lacquerware decoration, ceramics and textiles revived the decorative tradition of Rinpa – a quintessentially Japanese style, popular in Japan since the early 17th century.

This exhibition introduces Sekka’s exquisite works to Australian audiences. To provide an understanding of his development, it also features works by Rinpa masters of the 17th-18th centuries, such as Ogata Kōrin who gave the movement its name. And to demonstrate the enduring allure of Rinpa and Sekka, there is a range of works by contemporary Japanese artists as well as Sydney-based fashion designer Akira Isogawa.

With loans from private collections and from the Hosomi Museum in Kyoto, whose stunning collection of Rinpa art is second to none, this is the first time such a comprehensive display of the exemplary Japanese sense for design is shown in Australia.
An exhibition in two parts

Due to their fragile nature, not all works can be displayed for the entire period. The exhibition will close for two days while around 30 of the approximately 100 works are changed over.

For those visitors who’d like to see the full range of objects, buy a ticket to see the show between 22 June and 22 July and we’ll also give you a ticket to come again between 25 July and 26 August. All tickets are only on sale at the Gallery, not online.

Note: works are displayed in the upper Asian gallery on the ground level and the lower Asian gallery on lower level 1. It is recommended to start your visit on the lower level.