Kikuchi Collection

◆Special Exhibition

Kikuchi Collection

Madame Kikuchi’s Fine Collection of
Contemporary Ceramics
June. 10 - September. 3, 2017

 Presented in this exhibition are approximately sixty works from the collection of Kikuchi Tomo (1923-2016), the founder of our Museum. They are works that she selected with her own eye. The exhibition traces her achievements and introduces the charms of contemporary ceramics, for which she showed a passion.
     Kikuchi Tomo passed away last summer at age 93. Her father, Kikuchi Kanjitsu (1885-1967), was a businessman who was engaged in the energy industry, managing coal mines and a gas company. While serving as president of our Museum, Tomo inherited these enterprises and was also active as a businesswoman, thus contributing to both culture and economy.
  Having begun to collect contemporary ceramics in the late 1950s, in 1983, Tomo held an exhibition of works from her collection entitled Japanese Ceramics Today, Masterworks from the Kikuchi Collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. It was a major exhibition composed of approximately 300 works by approximately 100 artists. More than half of the exhibiting artists were in their thirties or forties, clearly demonstrating the purport to introduce the “present state” of ceramics in Japan in those days. The exhibition proved popular and traveled on to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. This experience of introducing Japanese culture in the midst of Japan-U.S. trade conflicts led to interaction and a deepening of mutual understanding and enabled Tomo to realize the significance of cultural undertakings. In 2003, based on her own collection, she founded our Museum and continued promoting contemporary ceramics by holding exhibitions.
  Inheriting Tomo’s wishes, we shall continue to provide opportunities to savor the state of Japanese culture through exhibitions of mainly contemporary ceramics.

General Information of this exhibiton

Period 2017 June. 10(sat)~ September. 3(sun)
Closed ClosedMondays (except July 17), July 18 tue.
Hours 11:00~18:00  (Last entry 30 minutes before closing)
Admission Adults 1000yen
University students 800yen
High school,Junior high school and elementary school student 500yen

※Preschool children : Free
Organizer Kikuchi Foundation, NIKKEI, Inc.
Supported by Keiyo Gas Company

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