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Nagoya art exhibition hands visitors umbrellas for socially-distanced viewing

Visitors maintain social distancing using umbrellas while viewing art works in Naka Ward, Nagoya, on Oct. 13, 2021. (Mainichi/Koji Hyodo)

NAGOYA -- Come on into the gallery, and open your umbrella!

    An art exhibition where visitors are loaned clear plastic umbrellas to hold as a coronavirus-hindering measure is underway in this central Japan city.

    Kazuhisa Kusaba, 61, a ceramic painter from Takeo, Saga Prefecture, is holding the unique solo exhibition at the Design Gallery on the fourth floor of the Nadya Park Design Center Building in Naka Ward, Nagoya.

    The painter's solo exhibition had been put off for about a year and a half due to the coronavirus pandemic, but Kusaba went ahead with the event because he wanted people to be able to view his works directly. Sixty umbrellas with a diameter of 83 centimeters each were prepared. The number of umbrellas lent out is also used to control visitor numbers inside the venue. The umbrellas help to maintain physical distance between viewers.

    On display in the exhibition hall are about 50 of Kusaba's works painted on ceramic boards using glaze. He uses a unique technique of applying multiple coats of glaze and firing the work over a dozen times. Part of the appeal of his works is that their color changes depending on the angle of view. Admission is free for the exhibition, which will run until Oct. 18.

    (Japanese original by Koji Hyodo, Nagoya Photo Group)

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