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The 40th Memorial of Shoji Hamada from Tamesaburo Yamamoto Collection

Sunday, April 15 - Monday, July 16, 2018

Period Sunday, April 15 - Monday, July 16, 2018
Closed Mondays, May 8 (April 30, July 16, open)
Opening Hours 9:30 - 17:00 (last admission at 16:30)
Admissions Adults 600 (550) yen, Junior High / Elementary School Students 300 (250) yen
*( ) indicates prices for groups of 20 persons or more.
Seniors (over 65years old) 300 yen (Please show proof age.)

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Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art presents the exhibition commemorating the fortieth anniversary of the death of the potter Hamada Shoji (1894-1978). Hamada, who made the town of Mashiko in Tochigi Prefecture his base from 1924 until his death, produced a large body of heavily potted, powerful, utilitarian works throughout his career. A supporter of the Japan Folk Crafts movement initiated by Yanagi Soetsu, Hamada had a major influence on the crafts world in Japan. He was named a Holder of an Important Intangible Cultural Property (a “Living National Treasure”) in 1955, the first year that the Japanese government made such designations. His life-long dedication to the true meaning of pottery and his superb work are highly regarded and have been recognized by many awards, including the Order of Culture, granted to Hamada in 1968.

This exhibition presents 100 works by Hamada Shoji, from his early period to his final years. Its nucleus is the Tamesaburo Yamamoto Collection, the heart of the Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art (Oyamazaki-cho, Kyoto). Yamamoto Tamesaburo (1893-1966), the first president of Asahi Breweries and a well-known supporter of the Japan Folk Crafts movement, and Hamada Shoji first met when they were in their early twenties and remained close friends for over half a century. Yamamoto’s collection includes rare works from Hamada’s early years at the Kyoto City Ceramic Research Institute and works that show the influence of Hamada’s experiences as a potter in Britain and Okinawa. It also includes works that were cherished, and used, by the Yamamoto family. This large and carefully selected group of invaluable works is being exhibited in Mashiko for the first time.

Shoji Hamada(1894-1978)
Tamesaburo Yamamoto(1893-1966)