Kitaoji Rosanjin―The Renaissance of Japanese Ceramics: The Path to Contemporary Art

Chiba City Museum of Art



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Rosanjin Kitaoji (1883-1959) started out in the fields of calligraphy and engraving, but in 1922, when in his late 30s, he turned his attention to creating ceramics as “kimono for food,” emanating from his interest in food from nature. It surpassed mere dishware-making: by exploring the country’s tradition surrounding the tea ceremony that had been at the centre of Japanese culture since the Middle Ages, he became the leader of a ceramics renaissance. This exhibition, while centering on the work of Kitaoji, adds works by his contemporaries. It will also display examples of the Chinese, Korean, and Japanese antique ceramics that they studied. These rich achievements in Showa-period ceramics formed the foundation of modern ceramics and offer glimpses into the future.


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from July 02, 2019 to August 25, 2019
Open until 20:00 on Friday and Saturday. Closed on Aug. 5 (Mon).


Adults ¥1200, University Students ¥700

Venue Hours

From 10:00 To 18:00
fridays closing at 20:00, saturdays closing at 20:00
Note:Closed on every first mondays, and the new year holidays


Address: 3-10-8 Chuo, Chuo-ku, Chiba City, Chiba 260-8733
Phone: 043-221-2311 Fax: 043-221-2316

15 minutes walk from East exit at Chiba Station on the JR Sobu Line or 10 minutes walk from East exit at Keisei Chiba Chuo station on the Keisei line.

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