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LIVING KOGEI: CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE CRAFT FROM THE ISE COLLECTION
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07 Aug 2019 - 27 Oct 2019

The modern Japanese term for artisan crafts, kogei, refers to a form of highly skilled artistic expression associated with specific regions in Japan. Kogei typically include ceramics, textiles, lacquer, metalwork, glass and wood, and have at their core a concern for fine craftsmanship and the inherent qualities of materials. Informed by centuries of tradition, these crafts have been revitalized and expanded in recent years, with emerging avant-garde tendencies in fields like bamboo sculpture and studio glass competing with established practices and values embedded in Japanese culture. Drawn from the Ise Collection, Living Kogei highlights eighty kogei works by contemporary Japanese craftsmen, ranging from rustic ceramics with asymmetrical forms to abstract glasswork with elegant silhouettes and sensuous colours. Each demonstrates how contemporary artisans appreciate and continue the long tradition of Japanese craft, while at the same time departing from convention in search of the new.

 

 

Image: ConnectionChikuunsai Tanabe IV (b. 1973), Sakai, Osaka prefecture, 2018, Bamboo, 34.5 x 69 cm

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