'Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion', the exhibition explores the unique sensibility of Japanese design, and its sense of beauty embodied in clothing, from the early 1980s to the present. A season of events exploring the culture of Japan, including Shun-kin in the theatre and Aspects of Japanese Cinema. Over the period of a month, the Mexican artist Damian Ortega is working in The Curve creating new works on a regular basis in response to aspects of the daily news: a sculptural chronicle of a particular period of time and a reinterpretation of the notion of an art commission.
Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion
15 Oct 2010 - 6 Feb 2011
"A must for anybody who admires these very creative Japanese designers – It should be a brilliant exhibition" - Paul Smith
Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion is the first exhibition in Europe to comprehensively survey avant-garde Japanese fashion, from the early 1980s to the present. Curated by the eminent Japanese fashion historian Akiko Fukai, Director of the Kyoto Costume Institute, the exhibition explores the unique sensibility of Japanese design, and its sense of beauty embodied in clothing.
Japanese fashion made an enormous impact on the world fashion scene in the late 20th century and designers such as Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto redefined the very basis of fashion. Their works will be shown alongside Kawakubo’s protégé, the techno-couturier Junya Watanabe, together with the acclaimed Jun Takahashi, and the new generation of radical designers including Tao Kurihara, Fumito Ganryu, Matohu, Akira Naka, Mina Perhonen and Mintdesigns.
This autumn, the Barbican hosts a season of events exploring the unique culture of Japan, including Shun-kin in Barbican Theatre and Aspects of Japanese Cinema in Barbican Cinema.
The exhibition is co-organised by Barbican Art Gallery and the Kyoto Costume Institute
Exhibition supported by Wacoal Corp.
Additional support provided by SHISEIDO. CO., LTD
Damian Ortega: The Independent
New commission for The Curve
15 Oct 2010 - 16 Jan 2011
Over the period of a month, from mid-September, acclaimed Mexican artist Damián Ortega is working in The Curve creating new works on a regular basis in response to aspects of the daily news.
Each day he is taking inspiration from a newspaper; whether a news item, a photographic story or graphics selected from local, national or international press which he translates into a physical interpretation, be it a sculpture, installation, proposition or prototype for a future project. Over the calendar month the works will accumulate in the gallery to become both a sculptural chronicle of a particular period of time – and a dynamic reinterpretation of the notion of an art commission.
Damián Ortega is one of the leading sculptors of his generation. His Barbican commission follows important solo shows at ICA Boston (2009) and Centre Pompidou (2008), White Cube (2007) and Tate Modern (2005). He began his career as a political cartoonist before he turned to art, and the development of his characteristically ‘mischievous process of transformation and dysfunction’.
Damián Ortega was born in 1967 in Mexico City and currently works and lives in Berlin, Germany.
Image: Junya Watanabe/Junya Watanabe Comme des Garçons, Autumn/Winter 2008/09. Photo Courtesy Comme des Garçons
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Opening Friday, 15 October 11:00 - 20:00
Barbican Art Gallery
Silk Street London EC2Y 8DS
Times: Open daily 11am-8pm (Tue and Wed until 6pm)
Open late every Thu until 10pm
Tickets: £8 online/£10 on the door
Concs £7 online/£8 on the door
Schools (groups of 10) £3