Exhibition – Japanese Kogei Future Forward at Museum of Arts and Design in NY
Focusing on modern Kogei scene, 12 artisans (or should we say artists) gathered with their unique, yet still thought to be traditional, creations are invited from broad genres such as pottery, lacquer wares, and ceramic painting. The exhibition is held until February 7, 2016.
The description of Japanese Kogei, in English word we call them “Japanese traditional crafts”, is thought to be established in Meiji period (1868-1912) and means various hand-made daily goods used and created in Japan. However, since they are a part of creation, the expression, design, and even usages cannot be kept in one way or one point. The exhibition title include “Future” remind us artisans and craftsmen can also be great artists who create something you have never seen before.
It is also interesting that the curating director is invited from the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa prefecture. Since Kanazawa is one of the most thriving place for traditional arts and crafts, the exhibited works is expected to reflect certain traditional skills and highly sharpened sense toward Japanese beauty.
Detailed information including the artist lists are provided in the following URL: http://www.madmuseum.org/exhibition/japanese-kogei-future-forward
After the opening, artist talks are planned to be held in December.