Patokh Chodiev: Ichiku Kubota’s masterpieces will be shown in the famous Tokyo Museum

Patokh Chodiev: Ichiku Kubota’s masterpieces will be shown in the famous Tokyo Museum

Tokyo National Museum has prepared for its guests a grandiose and significant event for the entire cultural world – on June 30, 2020, a special exhibition “KIMONO” was opened. The International Fund of Patokh Chodiev couldn’t stay away from such an important event. Representatives of the organization have already indicated that the exhibition will include works from the Symphony of Light collection by the ingenious master Itiku Kubota. The patron not only saved the unique museum from bankruptcy in 2011, but he is also happy to preserve the heritage of national culture, sharing the beauty of the Ichiku collection at exhibitions.

Symphony of Light collection: Patokh Chodiev and his foundation give a unique opportunity

Over the past 47 years, within the walls of Tokyo National Museum, this is the first such a large-scale exhibition dedicated to kimono, representing it not only with traditional clothes but also an important part of the culture of the whole country.

The International Chodiev Foundation provided 15 works by Ichiku Kubota for an exhibition in Tokyo. Symphony of Light is a collection of 36 kimonos united by a single theme of nature. The master transferred seasonal landscapes to the canvas, as a result, the viewer sees the landscape on the textile, each moment plunging into the canvas, becoming part of it.

Patokh Chodiev never stayed away from such events, he was pleased to comment on the exposition: “It was here, at Tokyo National Museum, young Kubota saw fragments of textiles made using the tsujigahana technique, and at that moment decided to devote his life to studying and reviving this lost dyeing method. It is very symbolic that more than 80 years later we can demonstrate the innovative approach of Ichiku Kubota and his works created in the revived and modernized “Ichiku Tsujigahana” technique, exactly here, where it all began, in the Tokyo National Museum”. 

Today, Kubota is one of the most important Japanese textile artists of the twentieth century. 

The International Chodiev Foundation: Charity and patronage

Patokh Chodiev always with great pleasure and passion took the opportunity to study the culture of Japan. This country became his inspiration. In 1996, he founded the International Fund, whose main task is to create promising projects in the field of education, international relations, and art. Patokh Chodiev, learning about the possible bankruptcy of the Ichiku Kubota museum, bought the collection, not for private use, but to preserve a whole layer of Japanese culture.

The acquired collection contains 104 unique kimonos, which the master created in 40 years of his work. The exposition is exhibited in the best museums around the world, and this is largely possible only thanks to the support of the International Chodiev Foundation.

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