BIRTHDAY PLANS: Gucci will bring its 90th anniversary celebrations to Japan this summer, displaying some of its most prized archive pieces at a storied Kyoto temple.

Japanese painter and Kyoto University of Art and Design president Hiroshi Senju is curating two exhibitions for the Italian house. Gucci said it is striving to “connect its birthplace, Florence, with its sister city Kyoto through a common tradition of artisanal craftsmanship, a cultural treasure shared by both Italy and Japan.”

The event had been in the works for a while and the fact that Gucci is pressing ahead illustrates just how much life in Japan is slowly resuming its normal rhythms after last month’s massive earthquake and tsunami.

From June 25 through July 13, Kyoto’s famed Golden Temple will host a show of rare and unique pieces from Gucci’s vast archive. Patrizio di Marco, Gucci’s ceo, is expected to host an opening cocktail and exclusive dinner for celebrities and members of the art world on June 24.

In October, the activity will move to a gallery at the university, which will display artisanal works from Florence and Kyoto as well as historical Gucci items. Come November, this second exhibition will make its way to the Gucci Ginza flagship in Tokyo. 

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