“NINAGAWA Mika and NINAGAWA Hiroko – The world of richly colored pictures and quilts “- started on July 20, at Kanaz Forest of Creation in Awara City, Fukui Prefecture.
The exhibition by photographer and film director NINAGAWA Mika, daughter of director NINAGAWA Yukio, who died in 2016, and his wife Hiroko, a quilt creator. About 210 items such as photographs, transparencies, quilted tapestries, and quilted accessories are exhibited in the art core of the facility. Includes new releases.
It is the first time in six years that Mika has exhibited at the museum. It will be Hiroko’s first exhibition at the museum.
At the opening ceremony held at 9:30am, TSUCHIDA Hiromi (director of the museum) introduced the exhibition to “A space where the works of two people who are pursuing the world of Halle thoroughly intersect in a multi-layered way.”.
“When I heard about the two-person exhibition, I wanted to do anything. As it is the summer vacation period, I would like to make an effort to announce so that many people can come.” Mika said. “I was able to meet this day thanks to my daughter. My greatest filial piety” Hiroko said.
About 200 fans from inside and outside the prefecture gathered for their talk session.
During the talks, Mika said “I try to face the subject with love and gratitude.”, “The desire to do it because it looks interesting has accumulated to this day.'” and Hiroko said, “In the early days, there were many works with pale tones, but as I pursued my own comfort, my style became vivid.” and “It is the most fun when I encounter a nice cloth material abroad.”. The audience listened attentively.
According to NAKAJIMA Kazuhiro, an official of the museum who is in charge of planning, the idea of holding the exhibition was discussed about two years ago.
“‘I want to recreate this space in Kanaz.’ When I saw their exhibition at the Laforet Museum Harajuku (Tokyo), I thought strongly. I was blessed with the elements to proceed smoothly such as holding a planned exhibition of Ms. Mika 6 years ago and supporting people who were connected through various exhibitions in our museum.” he said.
From the first day of the session, many visitors were seen waiting in line for a numbered ticket for a talk session two hours before the opening.
“It was an extraordinary space that was swallowed by the harmony between a photograph and a quilt, and I was drawn to the way the colors of the subjects, such as flowers and goldfish, were superimposed. It was an exhibition that made me want to go to take pictures.” said TERASHITA Yun, head of the photo enthusiast group “Fukui * Camera Girls’ Club”.
Photographs are allowed inside the venue, and the museum calls for SNS posts using the hashtags #蜷川実花と宏子の二人展 , #蜷川母娘 , #写真とキルト and #金津創作の森 .
The museum is open from 10am to 5pm (Last entry is at 4:30pm).
Admission is 800 yen for adults, 400 yen for high school and university students, and free for junior high school students and younger.
Closed on Mondays (Day following a national holiday)
The session will end on September 29.
(The article was published by Fukui Keizai Shimbun.)