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

Mori Art Museum

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[Image: 'Yagi Kazuo carrying the "Walk of Mr. Samsa"' (1954) Gojozaka Kyoto]

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The Sodeisha group of ceramicists was formed in 1948 and centered around up-and-coming Kyoto ceramic artists such as Kazuo Yagi Kazuo, Hikaru Yamada, and Osamu Suzuki. Serving as the backdrop to the group’s creation is 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.

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from June 20, 2019 to October 27, 2019

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