Previous Exhibitions

The first exhibitions of the Itchiku Kubota Art kimono took place in Japan in 1977. Since then, countries from all around the world have welcomed Kubota’s creations, breaking records of visitors and catalogue sales.


The Collection in North America


Artistry on Silk: The Kimono of Itchiku Kubota, Textile Museum of Canada, 07.02-18 – 13.05.2018

The exhibition was inaugurated by Her Excellency Takako Ito, the Consul General of Japan, as part of the programme celebrating 90 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and Canada. Ms Ito gave an overview of the ancient tie-dying technique Tsujigahana and the importance of Itchiku Kubota’s incredible work in reviving it.

A combination of resist-dyeing techniques and ink-drawing

The Return to Europe


Traditions and Dreams : Kimono from the Kubota Collection, MoMu Antwerp, 20.04-19.06.2016

The installation in the MoMu Gallery Antwerp featured six kimono from the Symphony of Light series and two kimono from the Mount Fuji series, all showcased in Belgium for the very first time.


Du Nô à Matahari, 2000 ans de théâtre en Asie, Musée Guimet, Paris, 15.04-31.08.2015; Musée des Arts Asiatiques, Nice, 12.11.2015-21.03.2016

The Musée National des Arts Asiatiques presented a selection of 14 Kimono from the Kubota Collection which were worn by major Japanese Noh artists in theatre plays created and designed by Itchiku Kubota. This exhibition partly travelled to Nice, where 7 Kimono were showcased.

Opening at the Musée des Arts Asiatiques de Nice

Silk Splendour. Kimonos from the Kubota Collection. SieboldHuis, Leiden, 06.03.2015 – 31.05.2015.

This exhibition of 15 kimonos at the SieboldHuis, part of the Leiden TextielFestival 2015 program, was seen by over 16,000 visitors; this is the most popular exhibition of the SieboldHuis Leiden in the last 10 years, way ahead of blockbuster shows such as “Hokusai” or “Hello Kitty”.

Exhibition view at Sieboldhuis

New Era, New Areas


Itchiku Tsujigahana, Yakage Museum of Art, Yakage, 31.05.2014-22.06.2014

Kimono Transformed: The Textile Artistry of Itchiku Kubota

A major exhibition of kimono from the Kubota Collection, Kimono Transformed: The Textile Artistry of Itchiku Kubota, was an artistic feature of the New Year in Russia, with the exhibition travelling to two important venues.

Although parts of the collection have travelled internationally before, this exhibition featured 80 kimono, the largest group of Kubota’s creations ever to have been seen outside of Japan.

An important feature of the exhibition was Kubota’s landmark work, Symphony of Light, depicting, as he put it, the “grandeur of the universe.” Although left unfinished after Kubota’s death in 2003, the 36 works that he completed are a stunning tribute to the artist’s creative genius. Twenty-nine of the kimono, when put next to each other, produce a mesmerizing landscape that shifts from the golden glow of autumn to the icy starkness of winter snow. The remaining seven kimono are part of Kubota’s vision of the universe and also serve as contiguous canvases to provide a larger glimpse of the cosmos.

Dr. Jacqueline M. Atkins, a textile historian who researches, lectures, and writes about Japanese textiles and kimono, was guest curator for Kimono Transformed: The Textile Artistry of Itchiku Kubota.

View from the St Petersburg exhibition

Kimono Transformed : The Textile Artistry of Itchiku Kubota, 1-23 February, Russian Museum of Ethnography, St. Petersburg, Russia ; 2-25 January, Manege, Moscow, Russia.

The exhibition attracted a total of 98,065 visitors across both venues including a record breaking 65,565 at Manege.

Opening of the Manege Exhibition, 2 January 2014


The World Through the Eyes of Kimono Master Itchiku Kubota, Palace of Independence, Astana, Kazakhstan

Time of the Great Exhibitions


Canton Ohio, Museum of art, Kimono as Art : The Landscapes of Itchiku Kubota

Over 57,000 visitors enjoyed the kimono and made this exhibition a blockbuster. 45,000 guests attended the events organized around the exhibition.


San Diego, San Diego Museum of Art and Timken Museum of Art, Kimono as Art : The Landscapes of Itchiku Kubota. More than 60,000 visitors attended the show, from all across the USA


Japan, traveling exhibition (2 cities)


Costumes created for a Noh performance at the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum


Berlin, Kunstforum der Grundkreditbank; Vienna, Museen des Hofmobiliendepots, Sinfonie des Lichts : Landschaften auf Kimonos von Itchiku Kubota


Japan, traveling exhibition (12 cities)



Hull, Canadian Museum of Civilization; Washington, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Homage to Nature : Landscape Kimonos by Itchiku Kubota. The exhibition book became the best selling catalogue in Smithsonian history.

Expansion to the World


Japan, traveling exhibition (19 galleries and museums in 19 cities)


Madrid, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo; Zaragoza, Museo Camon Aznar de Ibercaja; Barcelona, Museo Etnologico; Melbourne, Westpac Gallery; Paris, Palais de Tokyo.

More than 20,000 visitors saw this traveling exhibition.


London, Royal College of Art; Brussels, Centre Culturel Botanique; Rotterdam, Museum Volkenkunde (traveling exhibition)


Saitama, Museum of Modern Art

Costume designed for John Paul II


Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, one wall hanging exhibited


Japan (One year traveling exhibition) : Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Kumamoto, Shizuoka, Fukuoka, Kyoto, Sapporo, Oita


Tsukuba, International Exhibition, Costumes for a theatrical performance at the “Exhibition of Science and Technology”


Tokyo, Laforet Museum, Itchiku Tsujigahana : Light and Wind Japan, traveling exhibition (14 galleries and museums in 14 cities). Tokyo, Shinbashi Theater, Costumes for “Dance of the Dream Robe”


Paris, Musée Cernuschi


Tokyo, Itchiku Tsujigahana Grand Show (Kimono worn by Models on catwalk)


Japan, first exhibition of The Symphony of Light (traveling exhibition) : Tokyo, Mito, Toyama, Yokohama, Sendai, Okayama, Onomichi, Osaka, Kanazawa, Niigata, Nagoya, Takasaki, Sapporo, Funabashi, Matsue, Gifu, Shizuoka, Fukuoka, Shimonoseki, Kumamoto, Kagoshima, Koube


Tokyo, Kyoto, Kobe (traveling exhibition) Fullerton, California (USA), the Art Gallery, Visual Arts Center at California State University, Itchiku Kubota : Kimono in the Tsujigahana Tradition

The National Beginnings


Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Kyoto (traveling exhibition)


Tokyo, Mikimoto Hall


Tokyo, Mikimoto Hall