Museum and Archives

When Kyoto College of Industry, predecessor to the Faculty of Engineering and Design, was established in 1902, the first faculty members brought back from abroad many important art works and specimens, preparing for new programs of education in design and industrial art. Among these instructors was TAKEDA Goichi, the first head of the Design Department, who paved the way for the school, having been the first exchange student to Europe.The Museum and Archives, while designed for research on art works collected as teaching materials was established in 1980, as a cooperative research facility to organize and display the collection. The archive includes art works from many fields including paintings, posters, sculptures, ceramics, metalwork, lacquer ware, specimens of dyeing and weaving, archeological finds and objects from daily life. In all, the collection totals some 4,500 items. Among these is the “Sketch of Samurai Mountain Hunt”, a work by one of the most noteworthy Western-style painters of the Meiji period (1868-1912), ASAI Chu, who was also a professor in the Design Faculty at the school. There are also a collection of modern European posters and ancient and modern pieces of cloth. Many of art works in the collection have an academic and historical value, and it is not uncommon for the archive to receive requests from private parties wishing to view certain works and from museums throughout the country wishing to borrow them. The collection has been amassed with a focus on the value of design as a practical resource for design education. This is what distinguishes the archive from collections that have been assembled solely from the standpoint of artistic value.

2009 Exhibition Schedule

March 23 through
May 1
Exhibition of Modern Czech Posters, Featuring Josef Flejsar
May 11 through
May 20
Pinhole Camera Photography Exhibition
May 28 through
July 3
Masterpieces from the Archives, Collection III (tentative)
August 3 through September 18
(Archives closed from Aug. 12 to 15)
Work by KIT Design Faculty
September 28 through October 12 “Archi-neering” Design Exhibition:
Fun with Architectural Models from around the World
January 18 through February 20 An Exhibition of the Work of Architect Motono Seigo
March 23 through
April 30, 2010
An Exhibition of Notable Posters From Our Archives (tentative)