Exhibition Schedule

Current Exhibition

Ko-Garatsu

October 27 (Fri) – December 17 (Sun), 2017
*The museum is closed on Monday.

Ko-Garatsu (Old Karatsu) is representative of Momoyama ceramics. The founding director of the Museum, Idemitsu Sazo, cherished Ko-Garatsu above all, and found the value and poured special affection on the “Tea Bowl with Design of Circle-and-Cross”. Ever since, masterpieces of Ko-Garatsu have joined the Idemitsu collection. The robust appearance comparable to that of a wandering samurai (warrior), the solid texture of surface with light painting added, all elements are well combined to create an original atmosphere that blend with Japanese emotions. This show will feature a wide range of items from tea ceramics, vessels for kaiseki meal and sake utensils.

Exhibition Schedule

April 7 (Fri) – June 11 (Sun), 2017

The World of Ko-Imari

Ko-Imari (Old Imari) is the Kyushu-born beautiful porcelain decorated in polychrome overglaze enamels, in rich colors of red and dark blue, green and yellow, enhanced with gold. It is widely known both within and outside Japan, as the representative of Japanese ceramics that decorated the European court, fascinating the royalty and nobility. It is to be noted that ceramics other than Ko-Imari with original styles were also created in various areas of Kyūshū. This exhibition will showcase the rich and magnificent world of Kyūshū ceramics through the brilliant and exotic Ko-Imari, innovative Agano, elegant Utsutsugawa wares and others.

June 16 (Fri) – August 13 (Sun), 2017

Itaya Hazan and Art Nouveau 
— The Art of Modern Ceramics

Modern Japan entered a new era after the Meiji Restoration. A new trend also arrived in the world of ceramics. One of the leading ceramicists of the new era was Itaya Hazan (1872-1963). Hazan studied the art nouveau style that was popular at the end of the 19th century in Europe. He also researched the oriental elements of design and form, developing a new expression that merged the esthetics of the east and west in ceramics. This exhibition will introduce the appeal of modern and contemporary ceramics through the art of Itaya Hazan and Emille Gallé, a representative artist of art nouveau.

August 25 (Fri) – October 22 (Sun), 2017

Miyabi, the Elegance of Kyoto 
— The Iro-e Contest of Ninsei and Kenzan

As exemplified in the name of kyōyaki which literally means Kyoto ceramics, the feeling of miyabi, or the tradition of elegance that prevails in the city of Kyoto, has become the symbol of the beauty of the elegant capital. This fascinating sensitivity even continues today, and seems to have become a standard that was established with Ninsei’s new view of form founded in the 17th century and Kenzan’s study and expression of color that were derived from China and the West in the 18th century. This show will explore the beauty of color that was promoted in the culture and art of the historical capital of Kyoto, through the ceramic masterpieces of Ninsei and Kenzan. We hope that you will rediscover the richness of Japanese spirit through this exhibition.

October 27 (Fri) – December 17 (Sun), 2017

Ko-Garatsu

Ko-Garatsu (Old Karatsu) is representative of Momoyama ceramics. The founding director of the Museum, Idemitsu Sazo, cherished Ko-Garatsu above all, and found the value and poured special affection on the “Tea Bowl with Design of Circle-and-Cross”. Ever since, masterpieces of Ko-Garatsu have joined the Idemitsu collection. The robust appearance comparable to that of a wandering samurai (warrior), the solid texture of surface with light painting added, all elements are well combined to create an original atmosphere that blend with Japanese emotions. This show will feature a wide range of items from tea ceramics, vessels for kaiseki meal and sake utensils.

January 12 (Fri) – March 25 (Sun), 2018

Karamono and Cha no yu

It is at the end of the Nara period that tea was introduced to Japan from China. During the Kamakura and Muromachi periods, the custom of drinking tea became popular, and items from China, called karamono, were valued as tea utensils. During the Momoyama period, as wabicha became popular, kōrai jawan (Korean tea bowls) and wamono (Japanese vessels) also became popular, but even into the Edo period, karamono were prized as tea utensils and ceremonial items by the samurai family. This exhibition will explore the role karamono played as well as its development in the formation of estheticism of the world of cha no yu.