Akira Murayama

Works

Information

  • Categories
    Wood
  • Honors and Affiliation
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
  • Status
    Living National Treasure

Career

  • 1944
    Born in Amagasaki City, Hyogo Prefecture
  • 1966
    Graduated from the Department of Sculpture at the Kyoto City University of the Arts. Studied under KURODA Tatsuaki
  • 1971
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
  • 1976
    Specially submitted to the 5th Traditional Art Crafts Kinki Branch Exhibition. Became a member of the judging panel, and has been submitting as a judge to date
  • 1978
    Submitted to the “Contemporary Craft Artists Exhibitions – Around Kyoto” (Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art)
  • 1981
    Judge at the 28th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
    Submitted to the “Thinking Out of the Box - Wooden Box Playthings” Exhibition (Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art)
  • 1983
    Submitted to the “30 Years of Modern Japanese Traditional Crafts Exhibition” (National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)
  • 1984
    1st solo exhibition at Hankyu Department Store (Umeda, Osaka)
  • 1985
    Specially submitted to the Traditional Bamboo and Wood New Works Exhibition
    Submitted to the “15 Contemporary Urushi, Metalwork, Bamboo and Wood Artists Exhibition” (Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art)
  • 1986
    Submitted to the “Japanese Traditions – Master Woodwork Craftsmen of the Present” (Asahikawa Museum of Art)
    Submitted to the “Crafts – the Last Flag-bearers of the Century” (Suntory Museum of Art)
  • 1987
    Submitted to the “Modern Woodcraft Exhibition –from the Meiji Era to the Present”
    Submitted to the Traditional Art Crafts Kinki Branch 4th Section Exhibition (Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art)
  • 1988
    1st solo exhibition at Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo
  • 1989
    His work was collected by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK
  • 1991
    Submitted to the “NHK Workshop Visits:Craft Makers – Masters of Beauty Exhibition” (Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, travelling)
  • 1994
    His work was collected by the Musées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire, Belgium
    Submitted to the 41st Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition, and the exhibited work was later collected by the Hachinohe City Museum of Art
  • 1995
    Submitted to the “Contemporary Kyoto Crafts Exhibition” (Museum of Kyoto)
    Submitted to the Japanese Studio Crafts Exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK. Invited to conduct a workshop
  • 1996
    Designated as a Kyoto Prefectural Intangible Cultural Property Holder (Woodwork)
    Submitted to the Kyoto Intangible Cultural Property Holder “Tradition and Creation” Exhibition
  • 1997
    His work was collected by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK
  • 1999
    Submitted to the NHK 50 maîtres :les arts appliqués dans le Japon contemporain (Mitsukoshi Etoile, Paris/Across Japan)
  • 2000
    Submitted to the “Utsuwa”:Thoughts on Contemporary Vessels Exhibition (National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)
  • 2001
    Submitted to the “Crafts in Kyoto 1945 – 2000” Exhibition (National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto/ National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)
    Submitted to the Kyoto Craft Artists Selected Works Exhibition (City Art Centre, Edinburgh, UK)
    Submitted to the “Contemporary Crafts:Tradition and Innovation – 6 Artists from Kyoto” Exhibition (Mie Prefectural Art Museum)
  • 2002
    His work was collected by the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
  • 2003
    Submitted to the Japan Traditional Art Crafts 50th Anniversary Exhibition “Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan”
    Designated as an Important Intangible Cultural Property Holder (Woodwork)
  • 2004
    Received commendation from Kyoto Prefecture for Distinguished Service in Culture
  • 2005
    His works were collected by the Kyoto State Guest House
    His work was collected by the Agency for Cultural Affairs
    His work was offered to and collected by the Ise Jingu
    Received the Medal with Purple Ribbon
  • 2007
    Submitted to the “Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan” Exhibition (British Museum, London, UK)
  • 2008
    Submitted to the “L'art de KÔGEI - l'esprit de Kyoto, Japon” (Bertin Poirée, Paris, France)
  • 2014
    Received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette
  • Present
    Important Intangible Cultural Property Holder (Woodwork)
    Director at the Japan Kogei Association, Chairman of the Woodwork Section
    Councillor at the Kyoto Arts and Culture Foundation
    Vice-chairman of the Kyoto Craft Artists Association

Award

  • 1970
    Received the Asahi Shimbun Prize at the 17th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition. Selected several times to date
  • 1972
    Received the Tokyo Board of Education Award at the 1st Traditional Bamboo and Wood New Works Exhibition
  • 1973
    Received the Matsushita Award at the 2nd Traditional Art Crafts Kinki Branch Exhibition
  • 1975
    Received the Kyoto Board of Education Award at the 4th Traditional Art Crafts Kinki Branch Exhibition
  • 1980
    Received the Grand Prize at the Kyoto Craft Arts Exhibition
  • 1982
    Received the Incentive Award at the Kyoto Craft Arts Exhibition
  • 1992
    Received the Japan Traditional Art Crafts Kinki Award at the 21st Japan Traditional Art Crafts Kinki Exhibition