Current Exhibitions

Special Exhibition: Tenmoku―The Beauty of Chinese Black-Glazed Ware


A large number of tenmoku tea bowls produced in China have been handed down in collections in Japan. The tea bowls known as Yohen Tenmoku (tea bowl with iridescent glaze) and Yuteki Tenmoku (tea bowl with oil-spot pattern), which have been drawing public attention both inside and outside Japan in recent years, are the greatest masterpieces of black-glazed ware produced at the Jian kilns in the Song dynasty. The only example of Yuteki Tenmoku designated as a National Treasure among those being handed down in Japan is housed in the collection of our museum.
This exhibition focuses on Chinese black-glazed ware, particularly tenmoku tea bowls, which is an important ceramic tradition within the history of Chinese ceramics. It showcases twenty-four works from the Tang through the Song and Jin dynasties, mainly in our collection along with several works from private collections, which represent the world as well as the beauty of Chinese black-glazed ware.
We are also showing the Featured Exhibition “Modern Tenmoku—Tradition and Creativity”, which introduces diverse expressions combining the tradition with individual creativity through tenmoku works produced by modern and contemporary artists.


TitleSpecial Exhibition:
Tenmoku―The Beauty of Chinese Black-Glazed Ware
DatesTuesday, June 2, 2020~Sunday, November 8, 2020
VenueThe Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka Closed daysMondays (open on August 10 and September 21), August 11 and September 23
Opening hours9:30 am – 5:00 pm ※Last admission: 30 minutes prior to closing Organized byThe Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka
In association with Japan Broadcasting Cooperation Osaka Station
NHK Enterprises, Inc. Osaka Branch Office
AdmissionGeneral admission 1,400 (1,200) 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:
①Holders of special IDs such as Shogaisha techo (Disability Identification Booklet), including one attendant
②Residents of Osaka City aged 65 or older (please show ID)
③Junior high school students and younger children
Number of items on display24 works
Also showing[Featured Exhibition]Modern Tenmoku—Tradition and Creativity
[Museum’s Collections on Display] Chinese & Korean Ceramics of the Ataka Collection, Korean Ceramics of the Rhee Byung-chang Collection, Japanese Ceramics, Chinese Snuff Bottles of the Oki Shoichiro Collection
Inquiries The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka
Phone: 06-6223-0055
Fax : 06-6223-0057

Examples of Objects on Display