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【Temporary closed】Featured Exhibition: Iridescent Sparkles of Tenmoku – Works by KIMURA Moriyasu Commemorating the gift to the museum


Mr. KIMURA Moriyasu was born in 1935 in Gojozaka, Kyoto. He grew up in a pottery family — his father, Kimura Shigeji (1895-1971) was a painter of Kyo-yaki (Kyoto ware) and his two elder brothers, Mr. Kimura Morikazu (1921-2015) and Mr. Kimura Morinobu (1932- ) are both artist potters. An established potter known for his tenmoku works, Moriyasu was first inspired by the National Treasure “yuteki (oil spot) tenmoku tea bowl” housed in our museum, which he encountered soon after he graduated from high school’s ceramics department. After learning the basics of ceramic art at the Kyoto Municipal Industrial Arts Research Institute, he studied under his eldest brother Morikazu, making his first step towards becoming a tenmoku-ware artist. Since then, he has been producing tenmoku wares with unique tones and glaze textures for over 60 years, many of which are housed in museums overseas as well as in Japan. Now at the age of 84, Moriyasu’s challenge never stops, literally devoting his whole life to tenmoku.
We are fortunate to be able to hold this exhibition commemorating a generous gift of 25 tenmoku works by Mr. Kimura Moriyasu (1935- ) from a private collector living in Kyoto, who wishes to remain anonymous. We hope the visitors can enjoy the “sparkles” of these unique works reminiscent of the cosmos, delivering a sense of nature and life.
Finally, we would like to express our heartfelt thanks to this anonymous collector for donating such valuable works to our museum.


Title【Temporary closed】Featured Exhibition:
Iridescent Sparkles of Tenmoku – Works by KIMURA Moriyasu Commemorating the gift to the museum
DatesSaturday, December 21, 2019~Sunday, April 12, 2020
VenueThe Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka Gallery F Closed days※The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka is closed from Feb. 29 to Mar. 16 as a measure against the further spreading of the corona virus.

Mondays (open on January 13 and February 24), December 28 – January 4, January 14 and February 25
Opening hours9:30 am – 5:00 pm
※Open until 7:00 pm on December 21 and December 22
※Last admission: 30 minutes prior to closing
Organized byThe Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka
Admission (to all exhibitions)General admission 1,200 (1,000) yen
University and high school students 700 (600) yen
a. Prices in parenthesis are group discount rates for a party of 20 or more
b. The following visitors are free of charge:
① Holders of special IDs such as Shogaisha techo (Disability Identification Booklet), including one attendant
② Residents of Osaka City aged 65 or older (please show ID)
③ Junior high school students and younger children
Number of items on display25 works
Also showingSpecial Exhibition:“Japanese Bamboo Art from New York: The Abbey Collection, Gifts to The Metropolitan Museum of Art”
Permanent Exhibition: Chinese Ceramics, Korean Ceramics, Chinese Snuff Bottles
Inquiries The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka
Phone: 06-6223-0055
Fax : 06-6223-0057

Examples of Objects on Display