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Modern Design, Traditional Forms

Matisse pattern kimono art

Japanese kimono design is known for its creative use of color and surface pattern, often developed from traditional motifs and imagery. This exhibition in the Tanabe Gallery includes a selection of six Japanese haori 羽織 , or kimono jackets, from the collection of long-term supporter, Larry Hermsen. Inspired by early-twentieth century Modern Art movements such as Cubism, Fauvism, and Russian Constructivism, these wearable objects have become works of art in their own right, transcending the function of everyday fashion.

Dating as far back as the 1910s, these stunning pieces reveal a fascinating aspect of a history of cyclical artistic exchange between Japan and the West.