TYLER, TX.- The Tyler Museum of Art
casts an eye to the Far East as the venue prepares for its major summer exhibition, Fashioning Kimono: Art Deco and Modernism in Japan.
The exhibition, opening to the public Sunday, June 7, and continuing through Aug. 16 in the Museums North Gallery, spotlights an array of kimono drawn from the celebrated collection of Jeffrey Montgomery, an American residing in Lugano, Switzerland, who is recognized throughout the globe as a peerless collector of Japanese arts and crafts.
Montgomerys collection is composed of more than 1,200 items, approximately 300 of which are textiles. This exhibition is drawn from that group, focusing on different varieties of kimono created in the late 19th- to mid-20th centuries.
Montgomery himself will be on hand to celebrate the exhibitions opening during a members reception and preview scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, June 6. For more information or to inquire about TMA membership in order to attend, call (903) 595-1001.
The Museum has been trying for years now to book this extraordinary exhibition, selected from one of the most stunning and dynamic collections of its kind in the world, said TMA Director Kimberley Bush Tomio. Summer seemed the ideal time for such a rich and vibrant celebration of the elegance and timeless beauty that the Montgomery Collection represents, and were particularly honored to have Jeffrey here to help us launch what Im sure will be an extremely popular exhibition that appeals to visitors of all ages.
The kimono featured in the exhibition represent one of the most dynamic periods in the history of Japans national costume, and also depict the last historical era of the living kimono characterized as the time when kimono was being worn by the majority of the countrys populace. Yet the kimono never lost its appeal, remaining the traditional dress form from the early 20th century until the 1940s, as the garment took on, little by little, a more ceremonial meaning. Featured among the more than 60 pieces in the exhibition are formal, semi-formal and casual kimono, as well as haori jackets.
A collection of period photographs, on loan from the International Hokusai Research Center in Milan, Italy, accompanies the exhibition.