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KANKAN – KIRAKIRA – DOKIDOKI. The jewelry class of Kobe Design University are guests in the new collection in the Pinakothek der Moderne | 02.03.-31.03.2024

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From March 2, 2024, the Pinakothek der Moderne will be showing works from the jewelry class at Kobe Design University in the New Collection. KanKan ‒ KiraKira ‒ DokiDoki, in Japanese onomatopoeia this means the sound of the hammer when making jewelry, the look of jewelry and the feeling when wearing jewelry. Onomatopoeia is a broad term. He tries to capture emotions and sounds, situations and actions in one word, one expression. It is completely irrelevant whether the feelings, sounds or circumstances are generated by people or by objects.

Image above: Chihiro Hanayama. Brooch “Monophyletic funghi”, 2022. Silver, acrylic paint. 10.5 x 7.0 x 0.6 cm

In Japan, onomatopoeia is a very popular form and an integral part of communication – there are 4,500 onomatopoeic words in the Japanese vocabulary alone. These terms arose from the desire to be able to better share feelings with others. In recent years, the expressions have found their way more and more into Japanese manga culture and cartoon animation – they are actually now characteristic of manga. While manga and animated films used to be considered a subculture not only in Japan, today they are an integral part of younger Japanese culture and are also very popular outside of Japan.

Contemporary jewelry can perhaps take on a very similar function to manga and animated films – this is the idea behind the exhibition from the jewelry class teachers at the Design University. Because jewelry and manga have one thing in common: making feelings visible (or audible). Anyone who wears jewelry knows about their willingness and strength to communicate. The chosen terms of onomatopoeia for each of the jewelry works attempt to convey the emotions of the young artists and make them legible for the viewer. The hope is that modern Japanese jewelry will find its way more and more into the international jewelry world.

On display are works by students and graduates of the jewelry class at the University of Design in Kobe, selected by their professors Fumiki Taguchi, Itto Mishima, Takashi Kojima and Mari Ishikawa.

Students and graduates:
Chihiro Hanayama, Kako Shimoonoda,
Kazunori Kodani, Rio Yamamoto, Nagisa Yamada, Natsuki Takeuchi, Kenta Kanetsuki, Momoe Taguchi, Jingyuan Chen, Hayate Miyazaki, Yoshiki Yamada,
Kim Jeeyun, Mona Kanda, Moe Kinugawa,
Daiki Nakagawara, Amane Nagase,  Wang Dan, Haruna Shiki, Mizuki Fujimoto, Hong Ma, Nan Jin, Ema Yamazoe, Shi Ruining, Sakura Nagaya


Opening: Freitag, 1. March 2024, 7 pm

Exhibition dates : Saturday, 2. March – Sunday, 31. March 2024
Daily 10 am – 6 pm
Thursday 10 am – 8 pm
Mondays closed


Pinakothek der Moderne
Barer Straße 40
80333 München

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