September 16 - December 31, 2017
Nature, Tradition, and Innovation: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Gordon Brodfuehrer Collection is an engaging, thought-provoking, and interdisciplinary look at contemporary Japanese Ceramics paired with nature photographs. Curated by Christine Knoke, Mingei International Museum, and organized for tour by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.
The exhibition provides a dynamic survey of the diverse and innovative practices of ceramic-making in Japan – from exquisite flower vases and serene tea bowls to whimsical candle holders and robust platters – revealing the earthly beauty of Japanese ceramics. This admiration for rugged-looking stoneware derives in part from the traditional aesthetic of wabi – a cultivated simplicity and rusticity – which has been highly valued for centuries. It also derives from the Japanese deep-rooted love of nature and reverence of the kami – higher beings, or spirits, that inhabit all natural things.
Featuring 43 exceptional Japanese artists, this exhibition showcases ceramic objects of unsurpassed beauty made for everyday use. The 55 works chosen are closely associated with Japan’s historical pottery centers and reinterpret traditional methods in a modern context. The spiritual link between art and nature is poetically highlighted by 11 digital photographs taken by photographer Taijiro Ito which are paired with related ceramics in the exhibit.
Gala and Field trip information still to come.
Satoru Hoshino, First Snow of Spring Vase, 2009, Hand-formed glazed stoneware, Collection of Gordon Brodfuehrer, Photo courtesy of Tim Siegert
Yukiya Izumita, Sekisoh Vase, 2012, Stoneware, Collection of Gordon Brodfuehrer, Photo courtesy of Ken Kondo
Tetsuya Ishiyama, Lidded Water Vessel, n.d., Stoneware with natural-ash glaze, Collection of Gordon Brodfuehrer, Photo courtesy of Tim Siegert
Joji Yamashita, Jar, 2010, unglazed stoneware, Collection of Gordon Brodfuehrer, Photo courtesy of Tim Siegert
Taijiro Ito, Untitled (Snow), 2008. Digital file. Photo courtesy of Taijiro Ito
Mitsunori Tokuzawa, Sea Spray Breaking on Rocks, 2011, Glazed stoneware, Collection of Gordon Brodfuehrer, Photo courtesy of Ken Kondo