Japanese Urushi + Ettore Sottsass International Exhibit
February 21, 2019 - February 26, 2019
12:00pm - 6:00pm
The Pantheon Contemporary of the Hawaii Theatre Centre is proud to present its first international exhibition, Japanese Urushi and Ettore Sottsass. The exhibit showcases 22 unique works of urushi made by urushi craftsmen in Japan. The craftsmen worked together across the regions of Wakasa, Echizen, Kyoto, and Wajima to create each piece. The exhibition will not only highlight the amazing workmanship of Japanese Urushi lacquer, but also incorporate the collaboration of legendary Italian architect and designer, Ettore Sottsass (b.1917- d.2007). Known for his distinctive approach to design and architecture, Ettore Sottsass discovered Japanese Urushi near the end of his life. It was the wet sparkle on each surface that he fell in love with. He was already more than 80 years old before he started making and designing Urushi lacquer. We believe that visitors who see this exhibition in Hawaii will be impressed by Japanese lacquerware that Ettore Sottsass fell in love with. In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Japanese immigration to Hawaii, this exhibition is one of the most important cultural exchanges to take place between Hawaii and Japan. This exhibition is presented under the auspices of the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu. We are honored by the Consul General Mr. Koichi Ito and Mrs. Ito who will be present at the opening reception.