Human and Animalー Breathing Life into Clay

Iwate Museum of Art


Beth Cavener, Kim Simonsson, Susan Halls, Stephanie Quayle, Yoshitomo Nara et al.
Today the boundaries between the spheres of painting, sculpture, design, and craft have become increasingly blurred. Not only in Japan but also in other countries artists are reengaging with clay as a medium, exploring its broad and varied sculptural potential.
This exhibition, focusing on human and animal forms used as artistic motifs since the earliest of times, features approximately 100 clay works by five important artists: Beth Cavener (USA), Kim Simonsson (Finland), Susan Halls (UK), Stephanie Quayle (UK), and Yoshitomo Nara (Japan). The artists breathe life into clay through a dialogue with the medium, creating unique forms of human and animal. We invite you to enjoy the vanguard of clay art.

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May 28 (Sat) 2022-Jul 3 (Sun) 2022 

Opening Hours Information

Open on a public holiday Monday but closed on the following day.
Closed during the New Year holidays.
FeeAdults ¥1000; University and High School Students ¥600; Junior High and Elementary School Students ¥400; Persons with Disability Certificates + 1 Companion Half price.
VenueIwate Museum of Art
Location12-3 Matsuhaba, Motomiya, Morioka-shi, Iwate 020-0866
Access20 minute walk from the West exit of Morioka Station on the JR Tohoku Main, Yamada and Tazawako lines; From the East exit of JR Morioka Station, take the Iwate Kotsu Seinan Loop 200 bus and get off at Iwate Museum of Art.
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