Kyōto, Fascinatingly Elegant
Kyōto, the Exhibition of Modern Industrial Arts, and Shiseido
5 October (Sat) through 15 December (Sun), 2013
The Exhibition of Modern Industrial Arts was a series of Shiseido-sponsored group exhibitions that took between 1975 and 1995. The first group of nine participants included: potters Yagi Kazuo, Shimizu Uichi and Kamoda Shōji; lacquer crafters Akaji Yūsai, Taguchi Yoshikuni, and Masumura Mashiki; metalworker Somekawa Tetsunosuke; bamboo crafter Iizuka Shōkansai; and glass crafter Iwata Hisatoshi. These exhibitions of craftsmen were considered groundbreaking at the time, particularly for embracing craftsmen in their fifties without cleaving to particular group affiliations, field, or artistic style.
This exhibition presented about forty works by Exhibition participants with various connections to the city of Kyōto. These included: weaver Shimura Fukumi (living national treasure); iron-glaze potter Shimizu Uichi (living national treasure); abstract ceramics pioneers Yagi Kazuo and Suzuki Osamu; potter Kamoda Shōji (known for his pursuit of universal beauty in molded forms); and overglaze ceramics potter Fujimoto Yoshimichi (living national treasure).