BIO/CV

b. 1916, Hiroshima, Japan

Kogyoku, which means “bamboo grove treasure,” is Monden’s artistic name, given to him when he was 21, a few short years after he began making bamboo baskets. His long and prestigious career has been marked with numerous honors and has been uninterrupted except for two decades after the war when economic turmoil required he make thousands of utilitarian baskets for sale to wholesalers. This period ended when a local department store manager, learning of his reputation, invited him to present an exhibition of flower baskets.

Monden, who lives near Hiroshima, became a full member of the Japan Craft Arts Exhibition in 1991, is an active leader in his prefecture, a judge for many regional exhibitions, and a teacher at the community college in Fukuyama City. His work is included in collections at the Denver Art Museum, San Francisco Asian Art Museum, and Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The artist tells his students, “Don’t imitate others; create your own personal style. And don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Even if it’s bad, you will gain something in your efforts.”

 

Education

1933, Apprenticed to Kadota Niko

 

Exhibitions & Accolades

1935, Winner of “The Governor’s Award” at Oita Prefecture Art Exhibition (three consecutive years)

1937, Admitted to National Craft Exhibition

1974, Winner of “Governor of Okayama Award” at Japan Modern Craft Arts Exhibition, Chugoku Division

1976, Winner of “Governor of Hiroshima Award” and“Association Chief’s Award” at Prefectural Exhibition of Modern Craft Artists Association

1977, Winner of “H Award” at Hiroshima Kofukai Exhibition

1979, Winner of “Japan New Craft Award” at 1st Japan New Craft Exhibition

1984, Winner of “T Award” at Hiroshima Kofukai 70th Anniversary Exhibition

1985, Admitted to Kofukai Exhibition

1985, Admitted to Japan New Craft Art Exhibition

1986, Judge at Fukuyama City Art Exhibition

1986, Judge at Hiroshima Prefecture Art Exhibition

1987, Admitted to Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition (13 times)

1991, Became full member of Traditional Craft Arts Association

1996, Winner of Sanyo Newspaper Award

1997, Winner of Cultural Award from Hiroshima Television

1999, SOFA Chicago

2000, Winner of Hiroshima Culture Award

2000, Bamboo Masterworks, Asia Society, New York City

2000, The International Asian Art Fair, New York City

2000, SOFA New York

2000, SOFA Chicago

2000, The International 20th Century Art Fair, New York City

2001, Bamboo Masterworks, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

2001, The International Asian Art Fair, New York City

2001, SOFA New York

2001, SOFA Chicago

2001, The International 20th Century Art Fair, New York City

2002, Bamboo Masterworks, Honolulu Academy of Art

2002, Arts of Pacific Asia, San Francisco

2002, The International Asian Art Fair, New York City

2002, Bamboo Fantasies, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe

2002, SOFA New York

2002, SOFA Chicago

2003, The International Art & Design Fair, New York City

2003, Arts of Pacific Asia, San Francisco

2003, The International Asian Art Fair, New York City

2003, SOFA New York

2003, The Classic Japanese Basket, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe

2003, Antiques Chicago

2003, The International Asian Art Fair, New York City

2003, SOFA Chicago

2004, The International Asian Art Fair, New York City

2004, SOFA New York

2004, Antiques Chicago

2004, The Hand Workshop Art Center, Richmond, Virginia

2005, The San Francisco International Art Exhibition

2017, Masterpieces of Japanese Bamboo Art, TAI Modern at Joan B Mirviss LTD, New York, NY

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