2018 was declared a cross year of Russia and Japan. Opening in the National Art Gallery "Hazine" exhibition "Dolls of Japan" - one of the first events in Kazan, dedicated to this event.
Dolls in Japan - is, above all, an element of visual culture and religious symbols, and only then - an object for entertainment. The earliest samples from the dolls found in Japan date back to the Dzemon era (10,000-300 BC). These were clay, bone and stone figures, which served as amulets from evil forces and diseases, patrons of the family. In Japan there are so many different dolls that it is called "the country of dolls". Each species has its own meaning and purpose and is closely related to the everyday life of the Japanese.
At the exhibition, 70 most characteristic samples of various dolls made of porcelain, wood, fabric: puppets for the Girls 'Day (March 3) and puppets for the Boys' Day (May 5) will be presented at the "Hazine". These beautiful holidays are about a thousand years old. These days each family exhibits its own set of special dolls as a token of prayer for the happiness of their children. The theme for the dolls became well-known scenes from the plays of the theaters No, Bunraku and Kabuki, which are traditional kinds of Japanese art. At the exhibition you can see dolls made in Kyoto, whose costumes are distinguished by a special exquisite embroidery. Or, for example, dolls Oyama, reflecting the different styles of clothing and fashion of Japanese women; or the famous clay dolls of Hakato, known for their colorfulness, etc.
In modern Japanese culture, dolls still play an important role. There are masters who create puppets that are loved by the people, using traditional techniques; there are also artists who make unique dolls, which are a real work of art. Puppet shows become a place of competition between masters. At the exhibition in the "Hazine" are the dolls of modern authors Mitsuhara Kataoka, Ippo Ohashi, Hijo Tanaka and others.
Opening on January 18, 2018 in "Hazine" exhibition "Dolls of Japan" presents Kazan and guests of the capital a unique opportunity to get acquainted with one of the oldest and traditional art forms of Japan and fully enjoy the beauty and sophistication of the works of art presented on it.
The organizers of the exhibition are the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Tatarstan, the Embassy of Japan in Russia, the Japan Foundation, the State Museum of Fine Arts of the Republic of Tatarstan
Opening date: January 18, 2018 at 18.00
Dates: from January 18 to February 20, 2018
Location: Kazan, the Kremlin 12, National Art