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Exhibition at MoMAT
(National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)
The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl: Transmitting a Secret Art across Generations of the Raku Family

The exhibition entitled Raku: The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl held in Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg and Pushkin Museum, Moscow in Russia in 2015 will be held in Japan at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto and Tokyo, as a revised coming home exhibition with the increased number of important works. The renewed title will be: The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl: Transmitting a Secret Art across Generations of the Raku Family The exhibition features 6 Important Cultural Properties, including a black Raku teabowl named Oguro and a two-glazed lion dog, all by Raku Chôjirô, the founder, as well as the important works by Hon’ami Kôetsu and Raku Dônyû III.
The other highlights are the work by the current head Raku Kichizaemon XV showing a wide selection of the most representative of his oeuvre.

It would be once in a lifetime exhibition in a grand scale to show the art and tradition of Raku carefully inherited by 15 Raku generations by means of Isshi Sôden, transmission of secrets of art from father to son, which has been passed down over 400 years since the days of the founder Chôjirô till today and to the future 16th generation to come.

- When and Where -

Tokyo
National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (MoMAT)
Tuesday 14 March – Sunday 21 May 2017


Please check the MoMAT website for more information.

Kyoto (finished)
National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto (MoMAK)
Saturday 17 December 2016 – Sunday 12 February 2017

Raku: The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl Exhibition to be held at the two major Russian museums, The State Hermitage Museum and The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts from July.

Raku Museum and The Japan Foundation jointly organize Raku: The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl at two major Russian museums, the Hermitage Museum and the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts from July. The exhibition has received many good reviews while being held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art held between March and June this year.

  [Dates] Saturday, July 11 – Sunday, September 6, 2015
  [Venue] The State Hermitage Museum

  [Dates] Tuesday, September 22 – Sunday, November 15, 2015
  [Venue] The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts

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Book Publication Announcement (release date 20 March 2015)
Raku: A Legacy of Japanese Tea Ceramics

Since the original Japanese version entitled as Teihon Raku Rekidai had been released, the English version has been strongly desired by oversea museums as well as ceramic scholars and connoisseurs.
Now we are pleased to announce the publication of the English version entitled Raku: A Legacy of Japanese Tea Ceramics published by Seigensha Art Publishing.
In today’s world where cultural exchange and interaction is regularly practiced in global dimension, it has long been our wish and also a necessity to publish this book in English at our earliest possible. Now we happily appreciate that our aim has finally been fulfilled.

In the book 206 works in total are illustrated, covering those by all the Raku successive generations from the founder to the current Kichizaemon XV and the future Raku Atsundo, together with those by the related figures including Sôkei, Amayaki, Hon’ami Kôetsu, Dôraku and Ichigen. The book consists of a general introduction to Raku ware from historical, philosophical and technical viewpoints written by the current head Raku Kichizaemon XV as well as the texts on the Raku generations and the descriptions on all the illustrated works prepared by the future head Raku Atsundo.

The book also serves as a catalogue for the exhibition entitled Raku: The Cosmos In A Tea Bowl due to open on 29 March 2015 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). This would be a great occasion presented to a wider international audience to unravel a fascinating world of Raku-yaki and its generational history uniquely developed in Japan.


Raku: The Cosmos in a Teabowl
Exhibition begins March 29 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, USA

Raku Museum and The Japan Foundation are very pleased to announce Raku: The Cosmos in a Teabowl, an exhibition presenting 450 years of Raku ware to be held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

[Dates] March 29 – June 7 , 2015
[Venue] Los Angeles County Museum of Art

After its run in Los Angeles, the exhibition will travel to Russia and appear, with partially modified content, at the Hermitage Museum and the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts.

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Chawanya, To my two sons and all of youth, Raku Kichizaemon
 is published by Tankô-sha to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the succession to the name of Raku Kichizaemon.

 Chawanya, To my two sons and all of youth, Raku Kichizaemon is published by Tankô-sha to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the succession to the name of Raku Kichizaemon, including photographs of works and accompanying essays and poems.
 As the subtitle 'To my two sons and all of youth' reads, the book consists of a selection of works made by the current generation from 17 years old to now, beautifully photographed with accompanying essays and poems.
The state of mind at different stages of his career, conflict between father and son, thoughts towards making ceramics - all are candidly described in a form of essays and poems.
Total of 192 pages, full colour illustration with 73 cuts, A3, hard cover

Now on sale at the Raku Museum and the bookshops all over Japan!

Kichizaemon XV
Public lecture, Tea ceremony and Exhibition Announcements


Two more architectural prizes awarded for Raku Kichizaemon-kan of the Sagawa Art Museum

It is our greatest pleasure to announce that the following two prizes have been awarded for the architectural design of Raku Kichizaemon-kan at Sagawa Art Museum in 2009. Since its inauguration in 2007, the awards that Raku Kichizaemon-kan has won have reached 13 by adding these two:
50th BCS Award 2009, Building Constructor Society
Grand Prix, JID Biennale 2010, Japan Interior Designers' Association

“Roshu Chakai” tea ceremony session and publication of its booklet

It is our greatest pleasure to announce the tea ceremony session starting from October 2009 titled “Roshu Chakai” held at the tea room inside Raku Kchizaemon-kan organized by Sagawa Art Museum. The first session consisting of koicha and usucha tea ceremonies was hosted by Raku Kichizaemon XV and Kuriwada Eiichi, the director of the Sagawa Art Museum. The fully illustrated booklet also includes an extensive interview made with Raku Kichizaemon XV and will be regularly issued as a documentation of “Roshu Chakai”.

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