Craft for All of Us II – Part 1
— An exhibition of Shiseido’s Philosophy Making Beauty Part of Everyday Life —
September 25(Wed) to December 15(Sun), 2019
Founded in 2015, the Shiseido Art House’s Craft for All of Us exhibitions have introduced hand-crafted artisanal items that over the years have grown distant from people’s everyday lives, yet have increasingly come to be regarded as works of art. The Craft for All of Us exhibitions first set out to reverse this trend by showing how artisanal objects could be returned to the realm of everyday life, and were originally conceived to promote Shiseido’s “proposal for beautiful lifestyles” in the form of exhibitions.
These exhibitions have regularly featured new creations by five select artists in agreement with the central theme and motivation behind the exhibition. Arranged in combination with a variety of objects and implements borrowed from the Shiseido collection, these works have been put on display to evoke the seasons, complement room décors, or highlight annual cultural activities, providing lively examples of appealing ways to use and enjoy hand-crafted objects in everyday life.
In the Craft for All of Us II exhibition, which represents the second phase of the series, the concepts that gave rise to the Craft for All of Us exhibitions continue, albeit with a different lineups of artists. Here, five new artists present numerous new works that keep the premise of being “usable in everyday life” firmly in mind, and can and should be carefully preserved for posterity.