The Dolls of Japan, Forms of Prayer, Embodiment of Love

Exhibition in the Theodor Zink Museum September 29th 2011 to February 26th 2012
Opening of the exhibition: Wednesday September 28th 2011,
7 pm, Theodor-Zink-Museum
Datum:September 29, 2011 to February 26, 2012
Uhrzeit:Times of Opening Wednesdays to Fridays 10 am to 5 pm Saturdays and Sundays 11 am to 6 pm Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
Ort:Theodor Zink Museum
Marlene Jochem
Price: Adults 3,00 EUR; reduced 2,00 EUR
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Japan’s Dolls

Forms of Prayer, Embodiment of Love


In the series of events for the 150th anniversary of the friendship treaty between Japan and Germany, the Theodor Zink Museum, in cooperation with the Cologne Japanese Arts Institute, is showing an exquisite collection of Japanese dolls, which, in their meticulous and artistic form, offer fascinating insights into Japanese culture

The lavishly-formed dolls are cult objects, symbols and lucky charms; they are also theatre figures or representations of society. The exhibition will show dolls from the most varied areas of Japanese culture.
On certain festive days, such as the kodomo no hi (Day of the Child / Day of the Boy) or the Hiinamatsuri (Day of the Girl), artistically and luxuriously-dressed dolls are shown in Japanese houses in order to bring luck and welfare to the children and to drive off demons and evil spirits. Besides these, there are dolls to be seen which represent figures from the legends of Japan and China. Authentically-dressed dolls in everyday situations present customs and usages of past epochs, for example, of the heian-period (Japanese Classicism) and make the observer familiar with traditional culture. A similar thing happens with the various art forms of Japanese theatre, among others the kabuki and the nô by means of the representation of actors in the masks and poses of famous theatre classics.
Clay dolls refer to the world of children, showing them at play and other everyday activities.
Finally, dolls are the medium of contemporary art, combining new forms of expression in forming the figures with traditional ways of shaping and of content and thus embodying both the traditional and the modern aspects of Japanese art.
All the dolls show a carefully handcrafted production, sometimes meticulously true to detail, and an aesthetical basis which makes them into little treasures and their viewing into a particular pleasure both for children and for adults, even without deeper background knowledge.
Opening of the exhibition: Wednesday September 28th 2011, 7pm.
The exhibition will be shown until February 26th 2012.




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