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  • Date: Friday - 2/1/2019
    Time: 6:oopm - 9:30pm
    Pantheon Contemporary
    1121 Nu'uanu Ave Suite 105
    Honolulu, HI 96817
    Phone: 808-528-0506
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Japanese Urushi and Ettore Sottsass

February 1, 2019
exhibit remains open from 6:00pm - 9:30pm

The Pantheon Contemporary of the Hawaii Theatre Centre is proud to present its first international exhibition, Japanese Urushi and Ettore Sottsass. The exhibit showcases 22 unique works of urushi made by urushi craftsmen in Japan. The craftsmen worked together across the regions of Wakasa, Echizen, Kyoto, and Wajima to create each piece. The exhibition will not only highlight the amazing workmanship of Japanese Urushi lacquer, but also incorporate the collaboration of legendary Italian architect and designer, Ettore Sottsass (b.1917­- d.2007).

Known for his distinctive approach to design and architecture, Ettore Sottsass discovered Japanese Urushi near the end of his life. It was the wet sparkle on each surface that he fell in love with. He was already more than 80 years old before he started making and designing Urushi lacquer. We believe that visitors who see this exhibition in Hawaii will be impressed by Japanese lacquerware that Ettore Sottsass fell in love with.

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Japanese immigration to Hawaii, this exhibition is one of the most important cultural exchanges to take place between Hawaii and Japan.

This exhibition is presented under the auspices of the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu. We are honored by the Consul General Mr. Koichi Ito and Mrs. Ito who will be present at the opening reception.

About the Hawaii Theatre and Pantheon Contemporary

The historic Hawaii Theatre Center is located in one of the oldest Chinatowns in the U.S. Nestled in the heart of Downtown Honolulu, the Theatre has been popular with locals and tourists since 1922 as a place of cultural enrichment and performing arts and was restored through the support of the community in 1996.

Four years earlier in 1918, the Pantheon Saloon opened at 1129 Nuuanu, the once oldest continually operating bar in Hawaii. Today, the memory of this once historic saloon where King Kalakaua often entertained guest, the Hawaii Theater Center transformed the space to showcase art. In commemoration of 100 years of Pantheon Saloon, the Theatre adopted the namesake Pantheon Contemporary with the purpose to bring more diverse design mediums and classic practices into the Arts and Culture District of Honolulu.

Gallery hours: Tuesday + Wednesday are appointment only
Thursday - Saturday 12:00pm - 6:00pm (open to the public)

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Pantheon Contemporary (Hawaii Theatre Center) Featuring Japanese Urushi and Ettore Sottsass

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