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The Fourth Dimension: To the Future of Vessels

Tuesday, January 18 - Sunday, March 27, 2022

Organized by: Committee for Promotion of Mashiko Culture Town, Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art
Supported by: Shimotsuke Shimbun, Tochigi Television, TOCHIGI Broadcasting, F.M. Tochigi Broadcasting, Moka Shimbun
Period Tuesday, January 18 - Sunday, March 27, 2022
Closed Mondays (except for National Holidays / the following Tuesday instead)
Opening Hours 9:30 - 16:00 (last admission at 15:30)
February - March : 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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The shape of vessels is the most basic form of ceramics. Various artists in all times and places have tried to create vessels while closely relating to their respective cultures. Linking up with the Mashiko Museum Residency Program, this exhibition will introduce the Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art’s collections, which includes the works of modern masters, and the works of the artists who are currently engaged in these activities, on the same level. In the exhibition of approximately 50 works by 33 artists in Japan and abroad, we will look at the way the shape of vessel is expressed in their works. The term “vessel” here does not necessarily mean functional wares. We will also pay attention to the works of artists who pursue the shape of vessel (a shape that has a rim and is formed by the inner and outer shapes) and artists who understand the shape of vessels in a philosophical dimension by relating them to the process of creating works. Twenty years have passed since the beginning of the 21st century. From the 20th century to this century, what has changed and what hasn’t? Based on the questions that can be sent out at the intersection of the two periods, the exhibition is composed from five perspectives.

Exibited works by Ando Ikuko, Izumita Yukiya, Ito Taketoshi, Kamoda Shoji, Kawai Kazuhito, Kawai Kanjiro, Kuroda Taizo, Koinuma Michio, Gomi Kenji, Kondo Takahiro, Sawada Hayato, Takauchi Shugo, Takahashi Nami, Toda Koji, Nagakura Suiko, Haga Ryuichi, Hashimoto Tomonari, Hattori Makiko, Hamada Shoji, Matsunaga Keita, Misaki Mitsukuni, Mihara Ken, Yasunaga Masaomi, Yoshida Yoshihiko, Carina Ciscato, Edmund de Waal, Jack Doherty, Walter Keeler, Chris Keenan, Sun Kim, Jennifer Lee, Julian Stair, Peter Voulkos.

Kamoda Shoji, Jar with curving incised pattern, 1971
Maeda Zenzaburo Collection
Sawada Hayato, Vase, red painted decoration, 2021
Kondo Takahiro, Large jar, white porcelain, 2018
Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art
Carina Ciscato, Low Constructed, 2014
Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art
Julian Stair, Five Teapots and Caddies on a Ground, 2013
Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art


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