Katsura Morihito Japanese, Living National Treasure, b. 1944

Katsura Morihito hails from a long line of metalwork artists dating back to the Edo period in the 1600s in Tokyo. Named after his family, The Katsura School became renowned for its fashionable metal accessories including obi sash clips and ornately decorated tobacco cases. Katsura is recognized for his remarkable skills in inlaying and decorative painting along with his lifelong commitment to Edo metal sculptures.


Selected Exhibitions
2020  Asia Week | New York 
2019  “20 Passions for Crafting Crafts,” National Museum of Modern Art,
           Tokyo Craft Gallery | Japan
          The 66th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition | Japan
2018  Living National Treasure Exhibition, MOA Museum of Modern Art | Shizuoka, Japan
          “Edo Metal Sculpture and the World of Metal Craft,” Nerima Art Museum | Tokyo 

2014  “The Present of Living National Treasures,” Tokyo National Museum | Japan


Selected Public Collections
The Metropolitan Museum of Art | New York 

MOA Museum of Modern Art | Shizuoka, Japan

Imperial Household Agency of Japan

Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan