The pitch-black new moon waxes gradually. The full moon appears and wanes again into darkness.
The moon watches over us every day, changing its form all the while.
Looking up at the moon, you may think of your current self.
You then may begin thinking about what kind of person you will be in the future.
The feeling of inspiration that issues forth when the moon illuminates your being as it is in that fleeting moment is truly "one time, one meeting".
Moon themed works by artist Hiroto Rakusho hold a similar power, offering viewers intimate contact with the ancient providence of nature, the power of life, and with Japanese tradition.
This event also happens to coincide with the October 6 harvest moon.
After visiting this exhibition, we invite you to enjoy moon viewing on the rooftop garden of GINZA SIX.
We hope you will consider taking advantage of this unique opportunity.
- Hiroto Rakusho
Hiroto Rakusho was born in 1962 in the Nishijin district of Kyoto.
He first took up traditional metal leaf design under the training of his father, Jisaku Nishiyama, a winner of the Kyoto City Award for Outstanding Technical Contribution to Traditional Handicrafts. In addition to carrying on the family tradition, Hiroto is active in the creative production of gold- and silver-leaf patterns as an art form, and he also pursues research in metals and yohen (a natural ash glaze produced when firing pottery).
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry certified Hiroto as a master of traditional handicrafts in 1997. He is active in France and Italy. Moreover, he has worked on a wide variety of creative projects, including the restoration of art objects and interior design at places like the Kyoto National Museum and the Nagoya Marriott Associa Hotel.
In his work for the Digital Archive Project, which is aimed at preserving cultural properties, Hiroto employs reproductive techniques never before used by any other metal leaf artist, guided by his own theory and experience. He is thus able to preserve precious cultural properties, put them to good use and introduce them to the rest of the world.
His technique of reproducing old paintings with metal leaf has been patented.
In 2004, Hiroto was inaugurated as director of the Kyoto International Cultural Foundation. In 2006, he completed a meticulous reproduction of the folding screen "Wind and Thunder Gods," which is a designated national treasure, and dedicated it to Ken'ninji Temple-Japan's oldest Zen temple. He also reproduced various pictures on the partitions located at Nanzenji Temple, Myoshinji Temple, Shokokuji Temple, Zuishin-in Temple, Nijo Castle and Nagoya Castle.
He has also taken part in a project to reproduce Japanese art works in foreign museums, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Seattle Art Museum. Thanks to the project, folding screens and paintings decorated by Korin and Kano artists have been brought back home to Kyoto.
2011: Gold Leaf Kyoto Collection exhibition held at Bergdorf Goodman in New York
2015: Golden Renaissance solo exhibition held in Kuwait
2017: Artglorieux exhibits works at Art Fair Tokyo 2017