Kazumi Murose

For many Living National Treasures, their dedication to their art
form is a family business. Th is is no less true of Kazumi Murose, whose
father was an urushi artist and whose workspace was his playground
as a child. It was in the early 1960s, during Japan’s period of highest
economic growth, that Murose decided upon his vocation – a brave
decision in an era that shunned the very notion of tradition, embracing
instead a future of bullet trains, expressways and technology. In 1970
he entered Tokyo University of the Arts, graduating with a specialism
in urushi art. Having held his fi rst solo exhibition in Tokyo, he went
on to exhibit at a number of world-leading events, including the 22nd
Japanese Traditional Arts exhibition, 100 Selections of Contemporary
Japanese Craft in Paris, and, most recently, Crafting Beauty In Modern
Japan – Celebrating Fifty Years of Japanese Traditional Arts and Crafts,
at the British Museum, London. Murose has played a pioneering role in
the championship of urushi art, particularly through his restoration work
at the Tokyo National Museum and the establishment of the Institute
of urushi Research and Restoration. In 2008 he was presented with the
Purple Ribbon Medal and designated a Living National Treasure.