Taizo Kuroda: White Porcelain

The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum

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The white porcelain of ceramicist Taizo Kuroda possesses a strength full of tension while simultaneously exuding a quiet calm. This will be the first museum exhibition devoted exclusively to this international artist with work in the collections of major museums in Japan and around the world. Heading in 1966 at just twenty years of age to Paris and a fateful encounter with ceramicist Tatsuzo Shimaoka—later accorded Living National Treasure status—Kuroda then began his pottery career in Canada. Upon returning to Japan, he pursued with enormous energy a range of ceramic techniques, until, at the age of forty-five, setting himself three conditions for his works thereafter—they had to be vessels, monochrome, and formed on the wheel—and concentrating exclusively on the production of white porcelain.

This exhibition is a survey of where Kuroda’s journey in white porcelain has brought him, around half a century on from his first encounter with the potter’s wheel, via a vast selection of outstanding pieces including cylinders, meiping vases, flower vases and platters. The abstract realm exhibited by white porcelain, rendered pure by the extreme extinguishing of individuality through dialogue with the clay; the soft, supple yet tension-filled forms created by the turning of the wheel; the lustrous shadows of surfaces polished after yakishime firing without glaze; the rims coaxed delicately into the air: Kuroda’s pieces display their special beauty in infinite ways. Don’t miss this opportunity to savor the last word in white porcelain ware, courtesy of an artist who since returning to Japan in 1981 and setting up a kiln in Izu, has spent the best part of forty years in Shizuoka pursuing the possibilities of vessels.


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from January 12, 2019 to April 09, 2019
Closed on Wednesday. Exhibition Hours: 10:00–16:30 in January, 10:00–17:00 in February and March, 10:00–18:00 in April


Taizo Kuroda



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