Umeki Itaya, a mosaic to reconstruct memory

Umeki Itaya, a mosaic to reconstruct memory
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Umeki Itaya is a Japanese artist born in 1907, known for creating the famous mosaic in the atrium of the Old Nihon Gekijo. An enormous mural mosaic (created in 1933, based on an original illustration by Riichiro Kawashima) in the atrium on the first floor of the ancient Japanese theater which no longer exists today. Itaya was the son of an artist, his father Hazan was in fact a well-known master ceramist. It was precisely the ceramic fragments, remains of some of his father's creations that occasionally shattered, that gave Umeki Itaya the inspiration to create his first mosaic works. Although not many of his works survived post-war reconstruction in Japan, there has been growing momentum for their rediscovery in recent years. An exhibition will be inaugurated in August at the Sen-oku Hakukokan Museum Tokyo in Roppongi which will present, for the first time in a complete way, his life and artistic career, with exotic mosaics, beautiful ornamental boxes and other decorative objects created by Itaya.

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