Time & Style Autumn 2022 exhibitions
24 November 2022 – 31 January 2023
We are pleased to present an exhibition of works by Aoi Huber at Time & Style Milan showroom, internationally renowned Japanese graphic designer and illustrator.
Raised in Tokyo, Aoi Huber studied at Tokyo University of the Arts and at Konstfack University of the Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. In 1961 she moved to Milan where she collaborated as an illustrator with Max Huber, whom she married in 1962. In 1970 she moved to Sagno in the Canton Ticino, Switzerland. Her works built her own unique world through Japanese sensibilities and encounters with European culture and many distinguished designers such as Bruno Munari, Achille Castiglioni and Mario Botta. Her creations range from paintings, to etchings, textiles, ceramics, toys, and books.
All her works combine delicacy and enjoyment. Her fresh sensibility and the beautiful overlapping of colors born from handwork bring joy to the viewer. She continues to create with tireless passion at her studio in Switzerland.
We will exhibit more than 30 works from her artistic journey at Time & Style Milan showroom. To be retained in memory, a catalogue will be published to celebrate the Aoi Huber-Kono Works exhibition designed by graphic designer Marco Zürcher of CCRZ studio.
Aoi Huber Kono was born in Tokyo in 1936. Daughter of Takashi Kono, an important icon of Japanese graphic design, Aoi grew up in a creative environment that fostered her interest in graphics and art. After art high school, she graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts. In 1960 she attended Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm where she studied Western typography. In 1961 she moved to Milan where she met Max Huber, whom she married in 1962 and with whom she shared an intense creative life until his passing in 1992. In 1970 Aoi and Max relocated to Sagno in Canton Ticino, Switzerland.
Aoi Huber Kono’s work ranges from graphic design, illustration, painting, and design. She designed and created illustrations for Japanese and Italian magazines, children’s books, designs for textiles, scarves, toys and tapestries. With her projects she collaborated with Bruno Munari, Achille Castiglioni, and Mario Botta. In the 1970s, she learned the technique of engraving with Angelo Tenchio and screen printing with Paolo Minoli. In 1976 she held her first solo exhibition in Zurich. In 2005 she founded the Max Museum in Switzerland, which she then donated to the City of Chiasso in 2010. In 2021 the Mendrisio Art Museum presented a solo exhibition of her works. Aoi lives and works in Novazzano in Canton Ticino, Switzerland.
Aoi Huber official website
1976 Galleria Bettina, Zurich, Switzerland.
1980 “Acqueforti Aoi”, Galleria La Colonna, Como, Italy.
1980 Galleria Coray, Lugano, Switzerland.
1980 Galleria 5610, Tokyo, Japan.
1980 Galleria 412, Tokyo, Japan.
1981 Galleria Suzanne Bollag, Zurich, Switzerland.
1982 Galleria La Loggia, Carona, Switzerland.
1986 Tonino Art Gallery, Campione d’Italia, Italy.
1986 Galleria Vivan, Tokyo, Japan.
1995 “Il tapetto”, Primo piano, Lugano, Switzerland.
1998 “Io, Aoi”, Living Design Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
1998 Castello di Sasso Corbaro, Bellinzona, Switzerland.
2009 “Colors”, Max Museo, Chiasso, Switzerland.
2010 “Room”, Gallery 5610, Tokyo, Switzerland.
2012 “Prova colore”, Galleria Stellanove, Mendrisio, Switzerland.
2013 “Aoi e Max Huber”, Casa Pasquèe, Massagno, Switzerland.
2014 “150 Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Switzerland and Japan”, with Max Huber, Galleria 5610, Tokyo, Japan.
2015 Box&Needle, Kyoto, Japan.
2021 “Nakama”, Galleria DoppiaV, Lugano, Switzerland.
2021 “Acqueforti, Acrilici, Arazzi”, Museo d’Arte Mendrisio, Mendrisio, Switzerland.
18 November – 18 December 2022
18 November 18:00 – 20:00
Time & Style Amsterdam is pleased to present an exhibition by Japanese ceramic artist Katsutoshi Mizuno.
His way of creating involves careful research of the excellent works made by the artisans, imagining their intentions and historical background, and then reproduces them in modern-day utensils. This way, the shape and design of classic pieces from Japan is incorporated. This is the concept of “Utsushi”.
Mizuno has been making white porcelain vessels for the biggest part of his life, using a technique whereby porcelain vessels are pressed into a handcrafted mould.
His first solo exhibition in Europe will feature a large number of beautiful vessels.
1960 Born in Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture
1981 After university graduation, enrolled in Seto Yogyo Kunren-ko school for ceramics
1982 Joined Kutani Seiyou
1990 Became independent in the former village of Hirota in Ehime Prefecture
2010 Relocated to Kure
Katsutoshi Mizuno x Menno Fitski
18 November 2022 from 18:30 to 19:30
Head of Asian art, Rijksmuseum.
Menno Fitski is Head of Asian art at the Rijksmuseum. He is specialized in Japanese art and is conducting research into Kakiemon porcelain, lacquer and the history of collecting of Asian art.
19 and 20 November 2022
From 14:00 to 14:30 and 16:00 to 16:30
17 November – 31 December 2022
Yurina Kira spent her twenties and thirties in Milan. She learned the fascination of geometry from European architecture, and was deeply moved by the majestic beauty and brilliant moonlight of the Swiss mountains. She continues to create works that draw on these inspirations. In addition to 15 OBJEWELRY works, this exhibition features items selected by Time & Style for development as interior design products.
OBJEWELRY is a word coined by Yurina Kira with the idea of a presence on the border between art objects and jewelry. The predecessors of the OBJEWELRY items shown here are brooches born of the artist’s free-flowing ideas. Kira’s works are made one by one, with parts that have no uniformity of size or shape, and colors produced by mixing several hues from among many colors of acrylic paint.
After working as an illustrator for a television art production company, Yurina Kira went to Milan in 1991 to study at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera. Impressed by the architecture of southern Italy, she traveled through Europe viewing architectural structures and eventually changed her medium from painting to sculptural wall art made from wood.
Deeply inspired by the scenery in the Swiss mountains, Kira started traveling there frequently and has since made natural mountain landscape a theme in her work.
In addition to showing her art in solo exhibitions, she created small objects such as boxes and pendants, which were sold in gallery shops and other locations in Milan and Zurich.
Since Kira’s return to Japan in 2004, her mirror wall artworks have been developed as interior design products by Time & Style. In 2008 she began making brooches using mainly wood and acrylic mirrors, and became absorbed in this creative form.
Kira is currently engaged in creating both brooches and wall art under the name “OBJEWELRY,” which encompasses the idea of a presence on the border between art objects and jewelry.
Yurina Kira official Instagram
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