Oyamazaki Villa Collection 2010 Celebrating the Centenary of Shotaro Kaga’s Reaching the Summit of Mt. Jungfrau
2 June 2010 [wed] - 19 July 2010 [mon]
Shotaro Kaga (1888-1954) was the owner and designer of Oyamazaki Villa. He was the first Japanese man to make a successful ascent of Mt. Jungfrau in Switzerland.
Kaga managed a company and participated in the establishment of Nikka Whisky which had a strong relationship with Asahi Breweries. He had visited the West many times and the experiences led him to build Oyamazaki Villa in the British style.
The villa was known as “The house of Orchids”, as he grew tens of thousands of orchids. As his life shows, he was not only an industrialist, but also a man of many talents.
This year is the centenary of his reaching the summit of Mt. Jungfrau, and The Jungfraubahn will also have its centenary in 2012.
To celebrate both, this exhibition will show some relics ofthe mountain and a series of woodcuts, “The Orchids”, which he produced, along with works of Swiss artists, which include Paul Klee and Alberto Giacometti.
There will also be the ceramic works made by Kanjiro Kawai, Shoji Hamada and Bernard Leach who participated in the Mingei Movement and Claude Monet’s “Water Lillies” from our collection.
produced by Shotaro Kaga
Shotaro Kaga, at the summit of Mt. Jungfrau
Plaque, mixed glaze and trailed slip
Gallery talk by the exhibition’s curator
- 19th June, 3rd and 17th July 14:00-15:00
- The museum galleries
- Free of charge (Need museum admission)
You do not need booking.
- everyday (6/2 - 7/19) 10:00-16:45
- Bäckerei Jonathan
- Engadiner Nusstorte (Swiss nut cake)
- ￥600 (include coffee/tea) ※Need museum admission