ANNE WANNER'S Textiles in History   /  exhibitions

Musée Rath,

Place Neuve
CH - 1204 Genève

tel. +41(0)22 418 33 40
fax. +41(0)22 418 33 51

information and inscription
tel. +41(0)22 418 25 00
fax. +41(0)22 418 25 01

opening hours:
every day from 10 am to 5 pm
wednesdays from 12 am to 21 pm
closed mondays and 25th of December and 1st of January

please ask at information

there is an interesting program
accompaning the exhibition:
- public visits
- talks on wednesdays
- lectures
- theatre
- musique
- workshop for young people
Gael Bonzon, tel. +41 (0) 22 418 25 43

responsable for exhibition:
Marielle Martiniani-Reber et Armen Codel

Bertrand Tappolet
tel. (+4122) 418 26 54,
fax: (+4122) 418 26 01
handy (+4179) 517 09 47
e-mail :

please excuse that the photos are not here any more. The reason: "annatextiles" received the photos last year by the press information of Geneva Museum, but on April 4th the following message arrived:

Your web site "" currently contains images copied from the web site of the Musées d'art et d'histoire relating to a recent exhibition of Nô costumes. ( While we appreciate your interest in the Museum's activities,  you should be aware that making unauthorised copies of images from other web sites is not permitted. I must therefore insist that you remove these images forthwith.

Fleurs d'Automne
Costumes et masques du Théatre NÔ

Musée Rath, Genève
3 october to 2 february 2003

2nd october 2002, from 6 pm

  The majority of the exhibition is devoted to the display of nearly 70 Noh costumes and accessories (belts and headbands), from the collections of the Yamaguchi Noh Costume Research Center in Kyoto.

The oldest items date from the 19th century (the end of the Edo period, that is up until 1868, and the Meiji (1866-1912) and Taisho (1912-1926) eras). They are displayed alongside comparative copies produced, for use in the theatre, by the Yamaguchi Noh Costume Research Center. To this ensemble have been added items from Swiss collections, both public and private such as masks and prints.


Photo: Yamaguchi Noh Costume Research Center
Pièce: Kocô, de Kojirô, rôle: Maejite: Chô no sei
acteur: Matsumoto Shigeo, school: Hôshô, masque: Fukai

  Noh theatre came into being in the 14th century through the efforts of Kan'ami (1333-1384) and more especially of his son, Zeami (1363-1444). Taking its structure from earlier dramatic forms, Noh theatre places upon the stage a character by nature radiant or dark, real or imaginary, whose destiny is edifying or tragic. The plots all come from old Japanese or Chinese legends, reworkings of chronicles of war or of stories of love.
Noh theatre was discovered by the West at the beginning of the 20th century, thanks to people fortunate enough to witness it, such as Paul Claudel. Since then, it has excited growing interest amongst practitioners of the theatre, composers and poets throughout the world.

photo: Yamaguchi Noh Costume Research Center
Eguchi, by Shiotsu Akio, school: Kita

  Noh costumes, in silk of subtle shades decorated with gold or silver thread, contrast sharply with the bare surroundings of the theatre. The costumes envelop the actors' bodies like the petals of a lotus flower.

For the female characters there are the sumptuous capes and robes, the golden tunics of changing hue, while for the male characters there is the splendid court dress, worn with full trousers or with trousers with long, trailing legs.

The costumes clothe the characters in successive layers; the spectator has to try to see through the different thicknesses, as for the wood of the mask, to reach the emotional heart of the character. The Japanese expression "splendid as a Noh costume" renders perfecxtly the concept of beauty linked to these clothes.


photo: Yamaguchi Noh Costume Research Center
Karaori à décor de haies en lattes de bambou et d'azalées
Sergé façonné, soie et papier doré

photo: Yamaguchi Noh Costume Research Center
Karaori à décor de fleurs d'automne
epoque d'Edo


Entretien du mercredi:
Musée Rath à 12 h 30
sans réservation et gratuit

9 octobre
Les objets du téâtre nô, par Armen Godel

30 octobre
L'écriture du théâtre nô, par Armen Godel

11 décembre
Soieries du Japon,
par Marielle Martiniani-Reber

15 janvier
Techniques et tissage des costumes de nô
par Marielle Martiniani-Reber

photo: Yamaguchi Noh Costume Research Center
Karaori à décor de tourbillons, de chrysanthèmes et de roseaux, sergé façonné, soie et papier doré


photo: Yamaguchi Noh Costume Research Center
Happi à décor de tourbillons, epoque d'Edo, Lampas fond satin

photo: Yamaguchi Noh Costume Research Center
Awase kariginu (karaginu doublé) à décor de dragons et de nuages sur un fond bleu foncé
epoque d'Edo, lampas papier doré, fond satin

home content Last revised September 23, 2002 For further information contact Anne Wanner