Exhibitions

MAM Research 007: Sodeisha - The Dawn of Contemporary Japanese Ceramics

2019.6.20 [Thu] - 10.27 [Sun]

The Sodeisha group of ceramicists was formed in 1948, and centered around up-and-coming Kyoto ceramic artists such as Yagi Kazuo, Yamada Hikaru, and Suzuki Osamu. Serving as the backdrop to the group’s creation were the history of Kyoyaki (“Kyoto ware”), and connections with avant-garde art and artistic expression found in the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe area around the same time, such as Gutai Art Association, Pan-Real Art Association, Bokujinkai, and Ikenobo. Concentrating mainly on the period between the formation of Sodeisha and the 1960s, this exhibition looks back on the activities of a group of postwar Japanese ceramicists seeking a new kind of expression in a space between tradition and innovation, and considers the significance of their oeuvre as contemporary ceramic art.

Yagi Kazuo carrying The Walk of Mr. Samsa
Gojozaka (Kyoto), 1954
Yagi Kazuo carrying The Walk of Mr. Samsa
Gojozaka (Kyoto), 1954
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MAM Research 007: Sodeisha - The Dawn of Contemporary Japanese Ceramics


Notice Regarding Photography in the Galleries

Photography is not permitted in the gallery of MAM Research 007: Sodeisha - The Dawn of Contemporary Japanese Ceramics exhibition.


About “MAM Research”

Japanese and Asian contemporary art is one of the main focuses of the Mori Art Museum’s programs, yet “Asia” covers a broad territory, making it difficult to grasp an overall picture of it. The “MAM Research” series intends to examine the multi-layered social, political and economic backgrounds that have given rise to Asian contemporary art and sees to shed light on their historical contexts, while focusing on individual artists, curators, art movements and art institutions throughout Asia. Premised on collaborative projects with archives, research institutions and scholars, “MAM Research” does not limit exhibited items to “artworks” but also presents such materials as videos, photographs, texts and historical records.

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