Friday, February 17, 2017

My Visit to the exhibit: JAPAN UNLAYERED, Jan 27-Feb 28-Fairmon Pacific Rim, Vancouver

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This exhibit, at the beautiful Fairmont Pacific Rim, is a visual delight and has two floors of layered surprises. It touches on all of the senses: architecture, art and fashion to see, music and conversations in many languages to hear, tea and food experiences, and so many silks, surfaces, boxes and products at MUJI pop-up store  and BEAMS street style boutique, to touch and open. As advertised, it is "an exhibition of Japanese Art, Architecture and Culture".

The brochure for JAPAN UNLAYERED, is a fold out work of art. The cover features a small scale model by Master Architect Kengo Kuma, who is designing The Tokyo Summer Olympics 2020 Stadium and a new highrise in Vancouver, The Alberni, on Alberni. An exhibit map and guide, follow. In simple, grey, white and red, the information is concise and easy to read.The photo of his teahouse is an invitation to walk out to the terrace of the Shaw Tower, for a ceremony of delight.
At the entry to the exhibit, I was instantly drawn to the red layered dress by Rei Kawakubo, Comme des Garcons, and to Yohji Yamamoto's menswear. Both of these brought back vivid memories of Japan Fashion Week and of an exhibit and fashion show at the Seattle Art Museum, about the history and influence of Japanese fashion on students of fashion design, here.

Loved the Japanese embroidered jacket by BEAMS. Wearable art in brilliant blue and glittering gold!
A row of Kimonos 1946-67, stunning in fabric, and layers of color and intricate folds, cast geometric shadows what was originally a very plain wall beside a staircase to the second floor.
I couldn't resist somehow being in the middle of one of the 21 small scale models of Kengo Kuma's  architectural projects. And that's what it is all about...being there and seeing how much Japan brings to Vancouver.


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