Unryuan selected for Art Crafting Towards the Future : 21st Century Museum of Art

Art Crafting towards the Future
21st Century Museum Kanazwa Japan
From April 28 – August 31, 2012

Dragon born lacquer master Unryuan Kitamura Tatsuo celebrates his significant 60th year with an invitation to exhibit works in a ground-breaking exhibition at the 21st Century Museum in Kanazawa. Provisionally entitled ‘Mirai no Bijutsu’ ‘Art of the Future’ the exhibition will highlight significant artists of the 21st century reinterpreting Japanese tradition. Scheduled to open on April 28th, the artists have been personally selected by the museum’s director Mr Yuji Akimoto. Kitamura’s presentation will include important pieces from the Australian Collections of Pauline Gandel and Darryl and Katherine Hodgkinson.

Illustrated is one of the works to be exhibited, a lacquer cross in the original Unryuan technique (‘Unryuan gijutsu’) of tiny particles of shell inlaid into the lacquer. The cross is the second in a series of cross-cultural religious works of art that refer to the tradition of Nanban works commissioned by the Jesuits and the Dutch in the 16th century. The first in the series is an important Kiddush Cup now in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia.


Unryuan Kitamura Tatsuo 雲龍庵北村辰夫 b.1952
Saraca design Cross
Heisei Period c. 2010
10 x 3 x 14.5 cm