The 18th Future of Creation by Miyata Ryohei: Kogei Is…
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The “Future of Creation” series takes a distinctive theme and embodies a trend now in the making. Japanese kogei, often translated as “artisan crafts” or “art crafts,” has evolved uniquely in the course of its long history, generating a universe of highly creative works that are shaped by individual sensibilities and characterized by the employment of richly varied materials and techniques sourced from nature. While inheriting and preserving tradition, kogei artists have treasured and nurtured their original artistic ideas and philosophies.
The Modern Minstrels in Metalworking exhibition held in 2018 showcased examples of metalwork from a splendid range of schools and techniques, including hammering, casting and engraving, constituting a significant achievement in my view. This year’s exhibition takes the approach one step further, and delves into the fundamental question of what kogei is by assembling compelling works of kogei made using a diverse range of materials and techniques.