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NINGYO - Art and Beauty of Japanese dolls


Wed 26 May 2021, 9:00am–4:00pm
Thu 27 May 2021, 9:00am–4:00pm
Fri 28 May 2021, 9:00am–4:00pm
Sat 29 May 2021, 9:00am–4:00pm
Sun 30 May 2021, 9:00am–4:00pm

Where: Estuary Arts Centre, 214b Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

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Under the title Ningyō, which means “doll” and “human shape” in Japanese, this exhibition explores the Japanese doll and its culture that have been nurtured in the history and folklore of Japan.

The first section introduces the formation of the Japanese doll which originated in rituals and the form of prayers for the healthy growth of children. In the second and third sections, we will introduce “Ningyō as fine art” with artisans’ gorgeous techniques and "Ningyō as folk art," which are made of simple materials and various charming shapes. Finally, in the fourth section, we focus on the diversity of the Japanese doll culture that leads to the present day.

We hope you will enjoy the splendid designs of Ningyō as well as discover their historical depth and craftsmanship.

Presented by the Japan Foundation, the Consulate-General of Japan in Auckland with cooperation of Estuary Arts Centre.

Japan Foundation Travelling Exhibition
The Japan Foundation continuously conducts the “Traveling Exhibitions Program” to introduce Japanese arts and culture to overseas.

The travelling exhibitions include a wide range of exhibitions from those to introduce traditional Japanese beauty such as ceramic art, craft and Japanese dolls to those to showcase the reality of modern Japan such as contemporary art, photography, architecture and designs. Approximately twenty permanent travelling exhibitions are on the road throughout the year, appearing in over 100 art galleries, museums and cultural facilities

These travelling exhibitions are co-organized by the Japan Foundation and diplomatic missions abroad, with the cooperation of the art galleries, museums and cultural organizations in each country.

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