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The Japan Foundation Collection: Japanese Ceramics Around the World

Period: April 21st to June 17th, 2012

After having travelled to 168 cities in 68 countries, this collection is being exhibited in Japan for the first time!

This exhibit was made possible by the loan of the Japan Foundation’s modern Japanese ceramic collection, which has travelled to 168 cities in 68 countries as part of the ‘Traditional Ceramic Exhibit’ and ‘Claywork Exhibit’ for over 10 years, and is being presented within Japan for the first time.

This exhibit is split into two parts, ‘tradition’ and ‘molds’. The ‘tradition’ part introduces the beauty of ceramic expression that has flowered under the influence of traditional methods, as seen in the works of artists designated as Preservers of Important Intangible Cultural Properties (Living National Treasures) such as Tomimoto Kenkichi, Hamada Shoji, and Shimizu Uichi, as well as others such as Kawai Kanjiro and Kitaojiro Sanjin.

The ‘molds’ part introduces the works of currently practicing artists who were responsible for the post-war molding trend in ceramics, such Yagi Kazuo, Kumakura Junkichi, Morino Taimei, and Miwa Ryusaku.

Hours of Operation: 9:30am to 5pm (last entry at 4:30pm, closed on Mondays)

Location: Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum

Admission: Adults…700yen, High school/University…500yen, Junior high and under…250yen (free on Saturdays).


Related Events:

Art Seminar ‘The Shape of Modern Ceramics, in Connection with the Japan Foundation Collection; Looking at the New Movements within Kasama/Ibaraki’

Instructor: Kaneko Kenji (Museum Director)

Date: May 20th, 1:30pm

Location: 1st Floor Multi-purpose Hall (free)

Limit 150 people (tickets handed out starting 9:30am the same day, no advance reservation possible)

Tea Party

Date: June 3rd, 11am to 3:40pm

First 80 people (tickets sold the same day, contact for details)

Gallery Talk with the Curator

Date: May 12th, 1:30pm

Location: Ground floor Exhibition Hall

(Must pay regular admission to participate)

Original link (Japanese)


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