Past Exhibitions

Temporary Exhibition “Object Portraits by Eric Zetterquist”


Eric Zetterquist (1962- ) studied contemporary photographic expression and oriental antique art while working for Japanese modern artist Hiroshi Sugimoto (1948- ) for 10 years until 1992. Today he is based in New York. “Object Portraits”, mainly portraits of antique ceramics, is a series of highly sophisticated, abstract expressions of the details of antique ceramics. Zetterquist describes this series as an “East-Meets-West and Old-Meets-New” project, and mentions that he was inspired by hard-edge artworks and Song ceramics. In fact, some of his works suggest influence of Song landscape paintings while other works are reminiscent of modernist composition as exemplified in Alexander Calder (1898-1976) ’s works.
Zetterquist has been photographing the collection in the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2014) as well as in the Southeast Asian Ceramics Museum in Bangkok (2016) and held exhibitions in both museums on his “Object Portrait” series. The exhibition in our museum would be the first opportunity to introduce his works in Japan, which are 34 portraits of ceramic artworks in our collection photographed in 2016. The ceramic works which acted as “models” will also be on display along with their portraits.
Just like exploring different styles of artworks developed in different times, this exhibition looks into a new aspect of ceramic expression through the eyes of Zetterquist.


TitleTemporary Exhibition
“Object Portraits by Eric Zetterquist”
DatesSaturday, December 8, 2018~Monday, February 11, 2019
VenueThe Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka Closed daysMondays (open on December 24, January 14 and February 11), December 25, December 28 – January 4 and January 15.
Opening hours9:30 am – 5:00 pm / Open until 7:00 pm on December 21 – 24 /Last admission: 30 minutes prior to closing Organized byThe Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka
Admissionto all exhibitions:
General admission 600 (480) yen
University and high school students 360 (300) 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 (Identification Booklet for the Physically Disabled), 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 display34 photographic works
Also showingFeatured Exhibition: Persian Ceramics from the Takada and Ogata Collections – Their Colors and Motifs
Permanent Exhibition: Chinese and 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
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Examples of Objects on Display