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RAKU KICHIZAEMON

Current head and 15th generation of the Raku family

Biography

1949
Born 26th March, Kyoto.
1973
Graduated from the Sculpture Department of the Tokyo University of Fine Arts.
Studied two years at Academia delle Belle Arti di Roma, Italy.
1981
Succeeded to the name of the 15th generation Raku Kichizaemon.
1987
Granted Visiting Fellowship, Princeton University, USA.
1992
Member of the Society for the Study of Aesthetic Community, The Ministry of International Trade and Industry.
1994
Became a permanent jury member of the Tankô Biennale, Kyoto.
1995
Jury member of “Contemporary Tea Ceramics Exhibition”, Toki city.
2000
Member of the International Academy of Ceramics.
2004
Designed and produced Raku Kichizaemon-kan, Raku Kichizemon Pavilion at the Sagawa Art Museum.
Awards granted to Raku Kichizaemon-kan
2007
AACA Prize, 17th Competition of Japan Association of Artists Craftsman & Architects
Lighting Technology Award, the Illuminating Engineering Institute
11th Mokuzai Katsuyô Contest, Wood Architecture Award, Nihon Mokuseiren.
2008
Gold Prize, JCD Design Award, Japanese Society of Commercial Space Designers
Award of Merit, IIDA 2008 International Illumination Design Awards
Award of Excellence, 36th Exhibition, Japan Federation of Architects & Building Engineers Associations
2009
Good Design Award, Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization
Selected candidate for Architectural Institute of Japan Award
Prize winnder for General Category, 40th Chubu Architecture Award
Award winner, 50th BCS (Building Contractors Society) Prize, Award of Excellence, General Architecture Category, Nichijiren Architectural Award 2009
2010
Grand Prix, JID Biennale, Japan Interior Designers' Association

Current Positions

Director and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Raku Museum
Member of the Board of Trustees of the Kongô Noh Theatre
Member of the Board of Trustees of the Egawa Museum of Art
Honorary Adviser of the Sagawa Art Museum
Member of the International Academy of Ceramics
Member of the Jûbi-kai (10 craftsman families designated by the Senke Schools of Tea)

Exhibitions

1983
“Japanese Ceramics Today”, Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Solo Exhibition, Takashimaya Department Store, Tokyo and Kyoto in celebration of his succession.
1985
“Raku Kichizaemon: Tea Ceramics Today”, Sadô Shiryôkan, Tea Ceremony Research Centre, Kyoto.
1986
“Craftwork: Standard Bearers of the End of Our Century”, Suntory Museum, Tokyo.
1987
Second Solo Exhibition, Takashimaya Department Store, Tokyo, Yokohama, Kyoto and Osaka.
1989
“Europalia '89 Japan: Céramiques de l'ére Showa”, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Mons, Belgium.
“Masters of Contemporary Japanese Ceramics”, Seto City Cultural Centre in celebration of Seto City's 60th Anniversary.
1990
Solo Exhibition “Ten-mon”, Kikuchi Guest House, Tokyo.
1991
Invited artist, “Japan Ceramic Art Exhibition”, Daimaru Art Gallery, Tokyo.
1992
“Kyoto Arts Award Exhibition”, Museum of Kyoto.
“Modern Oribe: Flock of Basera”, Sôgetsu Art Museum, Tokyo.
“Les Ceramiques au Japon - un Art Majeur: 58 Créatures Contemporains”, organized by NHK, Mitsukoshi Paris and Tokyo.
1993
“Mokichi Okada Award Exhibition”, MOA Museum of Art, Atami.
Invited artist, “Japan Ceramic Art Exhibition”, Daimaru Art Gallery, Tokyo.
1994
“Kyoto 1200th Celebration: Select Exhibition of Fine Arts 1994”, organized by Kyoto City.
“Current Trends in Ceramics: Vessels and Objects”, Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum, Seto.
“Fascinating Contemporary Ceramic Art”, Sôgetsu Museum, Tokyo.
Solo Exhibition “Deceleration - Critical Angle”, Kandori Gallery, Tokyo.
1995
“Contemporary Tea Ceramics Exhibition”, Ceratopia Toki, organized by Toki City in celebration of Toki City's 40th Anniversary.
Invited artist, “Japan Ceramic Art Exhibition”, Daimaru Art Gallery, Tokyo.
“Japanese Studio Craft: Tradition and Avant-garde”, Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
1996
“Masterpieces of Contemporary Japanese Ceramics”, Touring Exhibition in Asia, organized by the Japan Foundation.
1997
“Visit the Kilns”, organized by NHK, Takashimaya Department Store, Tokyo, Kyoto, etc.
“RAKU: A Dynasty of Japanese Ceramists”, Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche Faenza, Italy, Maison de la Culture du Japon à Paris, France and Keramiekmuseum het Princesshof, Leeuwarden, Holland.
1998
“Raku - 400 Years of Raku Tea Bowls: Tradition and Innovation”, Home-coming Exhibition of “RAKU: A Dynasty of Japanese Ceramists”, Suntory Museum, Tokyo.
2000
“Raku Successive Generations and Kichizaemon XV”, organized by Asahi Newspaper, Kôsetsu Museum of Art
2001
“Leaders of Contemporary Japanese Ceramics”, Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum.
2002
“Contemporary Crafts -Tradition and Innovation: Six Artists from Kyoto”, Mie Prefectural Art Museum.
2003
“Kakunyû XIV and Kichizaemon XV”, Raku Museum, Kyoto.
“The World of Raku Tea Bowls: Raku Successive Generations and Kichizaemon XV”, Fukuyama Museum of Art.
Invited artist, “Japan Ceramic Art Exhibition”, Daimaru Art Gallery, Tokyo and Osaka.
2004
“Microcosm in your Palms: Kakunyû XIV and Kichizaemon XV”, Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum.
2005
“Ars Nova - Between the Contemporary Avant-garde Art and the Crafts”, MOT (Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo).
“Splendor of Momoyama Ceramics”, Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum, Seto.
“Raku Kichizaemon Autumn 1999 - Spring 2005”, Musée Tomo, Tokyo.
2006
“Mokichi Okada Award Exhibition”, MOA Museum, Atami.
“Masterpieces of Momoyama Tea Bowls: Katô Tôkurô and Raku Kichizaemon”, organized by Nikkei Newspaper and Osaka Television, Sogô Department Store, Osaka.
“Quintessence of Modern Japanese Ceramics”, Ibaraki Ceramic Museum.
“Contemporary Ceramics for the Tea Ceremony”, Musée Tomo, Tokyo.
“Aesthetics of Kyoto: Bearers of Tradition”, Fukui Fine Arts Museum.
2007
“Raku Kichizaemon” Inaugural Exhibition of Raku Kichizaemon-kan, Sagawa Art Museum, Shiga Prefecture.
2008
“2nd Contemporary Ceramics for the Tea Ceremony”, Musée Tomo, Tokyo.
2nd Exhibition of Raku Kichizaemon, “Autumn 2007 - Spring 2008: Four Poems of Love”, Raku Kichizaemon-kan, Sagawa Art Museum. Shiga Prefecture.
“New Horizon of Japanese Architecture” (XXIII UIA World Congress of Architecture Turin 2008), Turin, Italy.
2009
3rd Exhibition of Raku Kichizaemon “Isai - Four Variations in Glaze”, Raku Kichizaemon-kan, Sagawa Art Museum, Shiga Prefecture.
“When Japan's Tea Ceremony Artisans Meet Minpaku's Collections: Creative Art in Perspective”, National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku), Osaka.
“African Dream: Installation of 18 tea bowls”, invited artist, Japan Ceramic Art Exhibition, Mainichi Newspaper.
“In-Finitum”, Fortuny Museum, Venice, Italy.
“Kichizaemon X : Indonesian Primitive Art - Inaba Takashi Selection”, Raku Kichizaemon-kan, Sagawa Art Museum
2010
‘Kichizaemon: Best Selection’, Sagawa Art Museumm, Shiga Prefecture.
‘Contemporary Ceramics for the Tea Ceremony’, Museé Tomo, Tokyo.
‘Kichizaemon X – Under the Sky of Loubignac – Raku Kichizaemon XV in France with Andoche Praudel’, Sagawa Art Museum, Shiga Prefecture.
‘Raku Kichizaemon – to commemorate 60th Birthday Part I: From Succession to Tenmon’,
Raku Museum, Kyoto.
‘Chanoyu no monotsukuri to sekai no waza’ (10 crafts families for the tea ceremony and the World craftsmanship), Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo.
2011
‘Inspiration – Raku Kichizaemon XV in France: Tea bowls’, Sagawa Art Museum, Shiga Prefecture.
‘Tra: Edge of Becoming’, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice.
‘Kichizaemon X – Au-delá/Beyond Language Made in France: Drawings by Bruno Mathon + Flower Vases by Raku Kichizaemon’ Sagawa Art Museum, Shiga Prefecture.
‘Chawan: Ima wo Ikiru’ (Tea Bowls : Living Now’, Matsuzakaya Museum, Nagoya.
‘The Japan Foundation Collection: Japanese Ceramics Around the World’, Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum.
2012
To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the succession to the name Raku Kichizaemon:
Form 17 years old to Now’, Sagawa Art Museum, Shiga Prefecture.
‘Kichizaemon X – Sound in Darkness Light in Silence: Raku Kichizaemon (tea bowls) + Takatani Shiro (sound, video)
‘New Footing: Eleven Approaches to Contemporary Crafts’, MOMAT, Crafts Gallery, Tokyo.
‘Raku Kichizaemon XV in France: On the Hill of Loubignac’, Mitsukoshi Department Gallery,
Nihonbashi, Tokyo.
2013
Tapies Lo Sguardo Dall’Artista’, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice.
‘Voyage: Raku Kichizaemon Works 2007 – 2012’, Sagawa Art Museum, Shiga Prefecture.
‘Kichizaemon X – Uehara Michiko (Textile) + Raku Khiczaemon (tea caddies) + Tsuchida Hanshirô (silk pouch with drawstring for tea caddies), Sagawa Art Museum, Shiga Prefecture.

Awards

1987
Visiting Fellowship, Princeton University, USA.
Prize winner, Japan Ceramics Association.
1988
Kyoto City New Artists Award.
1990
Encouragement Prize Kyoto Prefecture Cultural Award.
1991
Commendation Prize, Kyoto Arts Award , Chûshin Arts Foundation.
1992
Premio Leon d'Oro, Faenza, Italy.
Gold Prize, Japan Ceramics Associaton.
1993
Mokichi Okada Award, MOA Museum.
1997
Oribe Award, Gifu Prefecture.
1998
40th Mainichi Art Award, Mainichi Newspaper.
2000
Chevalier, Order of Arts and Literature, the French Minister of Culture.
2001
Kyoto Prefecture Cultural Merit Prize
2005
3rd Chado Culture Awards, Konnichi-an, Urasenke.
2006
15th Mokichi Okada Award, MOA Museum, Atami.
2007
Kyoto City Cultural Merit Prize.
AACA Prize, 17th Competition of Japan Association of Artists Craftsman & Architects (Raku Kichizaemon-kan) Lighting Technology Award, the Illuminating Engineering Institute (Raku Kichizaemon-kan).
11th Mokuzai Katsuyô Contest, Wood Architecture Award, Nihon Mokuseiren.
2008
Award of Excellence, “Contemporary Ceramics for the Tea Ceremony” Musée Tomo.
Gold Prize, JCD Design Award, Japanese Society of Commercial Space Designers (Raku Kichizaemon-kan) Award of Merit, IIDA 2008 International Illumination Design Awards (Raku Kichizaemon-kan)
Award of Excellence, 36th Exhibition, Japan Federation of Architects & Building Engineers Associations (Raku Kichizaemon-kan)
2009
Good Design Award, Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization Selected candidate for Architectural Institute of Japan Award Prize winnder for General Category, 40th Chubu Architecture Award.Award winner, 50th BCS (Building Contractors Society) Prize, Award of Excellence, General Architecture Category, Nichijiren Architectural Award 2009
2010
Grand Prix, JID Biennale, Japan Interior Designers' Association

Public Collections

Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum
Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum
Japan Foundation
Maison de la Culture du Japon à Paris
Menard Art Museum
Musée Tomo
Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu
National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto
National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo
Raku Museum
Sagawa Art Museum
Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park
Tanabe Museum of Art
Victoria and Albert Museum London

Publications

Texts and essays written by Raku Kichizaemon XV

1990
“Ten-mon”, published by Kandori, Tokyo
1993
“Raku Kichizaemon”, Vol 93 “Toh”, published by Kyoto Shoin
1994
“Raku Kichizaemon”, published by Raku Museum
1997
“Raku: A Dynasty of Japanese Ceramists”, catalogue essays co-written by Raku Kichizaemon, Hayashiya Seizô, Akanuma Taka, published by Umberto Allemandi & Co. in collaboration with Raku Museum
“Nijû-isseiki no Kachô Fûgetsu - Ishi - Ayakaru”, talk between MatsuiTakafumi, Yokoyama Toshio and Raku Kichizaemon, Chûô Kôron, March issue, Tokyo
“Utsuroiyuku Jiko Ishiki, Raku Kichizaemon”, Vol 21 “Toh”, essay on Raku Kichizaemon by Sasayama Hiroshi, published by Dôhôsha, Kyoto
1998
“Raku: A Dynasty of Japanese Ceramists”, catalogue essays co-written by Raku Kichizaemon, Hayashiya Seizô, Akanuma Taka, Suntory Museum, published by Raku Museum
“Dônyû III - Nonkô”, published by Raku Museum
1999
“Chôjirô to Watashi”, Vol 99 “Nihon no Bijutsu”, essay and editing by Raku Kichizaemon, published by Shibundô, Tokyo
2000
“Raku Chawan”, Vol 4 “Chadôgu no Sekai”, essay and editing by Raku Kichizaemon published by Tankô-sha, Kyoto
“Wamono Chawan”, Vol 3 “Chadô no Sekai”, essay and editing by Raku Kichizaemon, published by Tankô-sha, Kyoto
2001
“Raku-yaki Sôsei Raku-tte Nandarô?” , published by Tankô-sha, Kyoto
2003
“Chichi Wo Katari, Ware Wo Tadoru”,“Kakunyû XIV and Kichizaemon XV”, published by Raku Museum
“Kôetsu and Dônyû”, catalogue essay by Raku Kichizaemon published by Raku Museum
2007
“Raku Kichizaemon”, published by Sagawa Art Museum
2008
“Chashitsu wo Tsukutta” written and edited by Raku Kichizaemon, published by Tankô-sha, Kyoto
2009
“Kichizaemon X : Indonesian Primitive Art - Inaba Takashi Selection”, published by Sagawa Art Museum
‘Kichizaemon X: Under the Sky of Loubignac’, exhibition catalogue, published by Sagawa Art Museum
2010
‘Chawan Ima wo Ikiru’, exhibition catalogue published by Chûnichi Shimbun
2011
‘Chawanya’ published by Tankôsha
2013
‘Standard Edition: Raku Successive Generations’, co-written by Raku Atsundo, published by Tankôsha

Other publications

1997
“Nijû-isseiki no Kachô Fûgetsu - Ishi - Ayakaru”, talk between MatsuiTakafumi, Yokoyama Toshio and Raku Kichizaemon. Chûô Kôron, March issue, Tokyo
“Utsuroiyuku Jiko Ishiki, Raku Kichizaemon”, Vol 21 “Toh”, essay on Raku Kichizaemon by Sasayama Hiroshi, published by Dôhôsha, Kyoto
1998
“Iroppoi Hitobito” essay on Raku Kichizaemon by Matsuoka Seigô, Tankô-sha, Kyoto
2001
“Design 12 no Tobira” lecture text by Raku Kichizaemon, edited by Moriyama Akiko, published by Maruzen, Kyoto
“Gendai Tôgei no Zôkei Shikô” written by Kaneko Kenji, essay on Raku KIchizaemon by the author, published by Abe Shuppan, Tokyo
2002
“Geijutsu no Setsuri”, essay on Raku Kichizaemon by Shibatsuji Masahiko and Yonezawa Aritsune, published by Tankô-sha, Kyoto
2012
‘Rikyû no Fûkei’, a tête-à-tête with Yamamoto Kenichi, published by Tankôsha
2013
‘Bi no Kishin tachi’ dialogues with Umehara Takeshi, published by Tankôsha
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