Shiro Kuramata (1934 -1991) Revolutionary Japanese designer. Design Museum Gent, Belgium November 24th, 2012 - February 24th, 2013
Modern by Design. High Museum of Art, Altanta, GA in collaboration with Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY. June 4 - August 21, 2011
Shiro Kuramata and Ettore Sottsass. 21_21 Design Sight, Tokyo, Japan. February 2 - May 8, 2011.
Shiro Kuramata 1934-1991. Traveling exhibition:
National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto from June 29-August 1, 1999
Osterreichisches Museum fur angewandte Kunst, Vienna from January 20-March 14, 1999
Musee des Arts Decoratifs of the Union Centrale des Art Decoratifs, Paris from October 13-December 27, 1998
Musee des Arts Decoratifs de Montreal, Canada from June 3-September 6, 1998
Grey Art Gallery and Study Center, New York University from February 25-May 2, 1998
San Francisco MOMA from August 8-December 2, 1997
Centro Cultural/Arte Contemporaneo A.C., Mexico City from April 3-June 22, 1997
Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo from June 29-September 23, 1996
Seki, Yasuko. Shiro Kuramata, Ettore Sottsass - 21_21 Design Sight Exhibition Book. Japan: 21_21 Design Sight, ADP Co Ltd, 2010. Illustrated p. 201.
Sudjic, Deyan. Shiro Kuramata - Essays & Writings. New York: Phaidon, 2013. Illustrated p.76, 99
Sudjic, Deyan. Shiro Kuramata - Catalogue of works. New York: Phaidon, 2013. Illustrated p. 369
Uyeda, Makoto. Shiro Kuramata 1934-1991. Tokyo: Kuramata Design Office for Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, 2000. Illustrated pgs. 67, 192.
About Shiro Kuramata
Shiro Kuramata playfully stretched and skewed tropes of Western design, while combining them with traditional Japanese aesthetics, to produce items of furniture that are surreal, humorous, and often poetic. Kuramata’s Miss Blanche chair (1988), a transparent resin chair flecked with synthetic roses, creates the appearance of a sitter floating on a cloud of blooms. In a design for two chests of drawers, Furniture in Irregular Forms (1970), the stark black-and-white lacquered finish is a nod to the severity of modern furniture, while the undulating shapes capture a more lighthearted attitude. The whimsical spirit of Kuramata’s designs is typical of postmodernism. Kuramata became closely associated with this style in 1981 when he joined Ettore Sottsass’s Memphis Group, an Italian collective that included designers such as Michele de Lucchi, Andrea Branzi, and Nathalie du Pasquier.
Japanese, 1934-1991, Tokyo, Japan, based in Tokyo, Japan