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Saturday, August 16 – Sunday, November 30, 2014
General Admission: 1200 yen
University & high school students: 720 yen
Junior high school students and under: free
Imari: Japanese Porcelain for European Palaces
The first porcelain in Japan was produced at the beginning of the seventeenth century in Hizen Province, which covered the area of present-day Arita in Saga Prefecture, Kyushu. Arita porcelain was known as Imari, after the name of the port from which the wares were shipped nationwide. In the mid-seventeenth century, Imari ware began to be shipped through the port of Dejima in Nagasaki to various parts of the world, including Europe, Southeast Asia, India and Africa, achieving wide popularity. The fervor in Europe was extraordinary, as for the kings and the nobility the wares were not only high-class tableware but also fancy art works to decorate the interior of their palaces and mansions, showing off their acquisitions to indicate their high social status. Many export Imari works were specially commissioned to be made in the European style or taste, from which one can imagine a luxurious aristocratic lifestyle in Europe at that time. This exhibition introduces the charm of “IMARI” made for the European palaces by showing approximately 190 pieces of porcelain in total, featuring the export Imari wares from our collection, which marks their first public exhibition in Japan. Also included in the total pieces are important works from the collections of the Suntory Museum of Art and the Kyushu Ceramic Museum.
Featured Exhibition: The Rhee Byung-Chang Collection - Porcelain of the Joseon Dynasty
The approximately 20 pieces selected from the Rhee Byung-Chang Collection demonstrate the charm of the decorations on Joseon porcelain, which are represented in underglaze blue, underglaze iron brown and underglaze copper red.
■ Chinese and Korean Ceramics of the Ataka Collection
■ Japanese Ceramics
≪National Treasures Displaying Dates≫
August 16 – September 21, 2014
National Treasure, TEA BOWL, tenmoku glaze with silvery spots (yuteki)
National Treasure, BOTTLE, celadon with iron brown spots