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Autumn Special Exhibition
Raku in Russia
Masterpieces exhibited at the Hermitage and Pushkin Museums

Saturday 30 September – Sunday 24 December 2017

In 2015 the exhibition entitled Raku: The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl was held at two major Russian museums, the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg and the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow, jointly organised by the Japan Foundation and the Raku Museum.
The exhibition attracted a great deal of interest from the Russian public even though it featured a relatively unknown field as Raku ware that holds a unique place in the culture of Japanese ceramics let alone worldwide.
Especially the exhibition held at the Pushkin Museum was a huge success with the attendance turning out to be 130,000. Besides lectures and gallery talks provided by the current head Raku Kichizaemon XV and the 16th generation in line Raku Atsundo they also offered an exciting programme of workshops for children to challenge to make tea bowl or to paint or draw Raku tea bowl inspired by the exhibition.
Realising such a major Raku exhibition abroad is enormously significant because it cultivates a new public but above all because through the exhibition a direct communication and a deep understanding between two countries, Russia and Japan, are made possible and enriched further. Especially the communication with children was the most fascinating experience for us.
From December 2016 through to Spring 2017 the exhibition entitled The Cosmos in Tea Bowl: Transmitting a Secret Art across Generations of the Raku Family was held both at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo and Kyoto, which was an expanded version of touring exhibitions in Russia and was to celebrate its homecoming. The visitors were of wide age group, with quite a few young people among them, and the attendance here also reached 130,000.
This autumn special exhibition is a Raku Museum version to welcome the return of the tea bowls that toured in Russia and is to pay homage to the memorable experience we shared with Russian people through the exhibition.
Along with the masterpieces of Raku tea bowls, the highlights are the paintings done by Russian children of Raku tea bowl and Raku tea bowls co-produced by the current head and these children.
The major works on display include the two-colour glazed lion dog sculpture by Raku Chōjirō I (Important Cultural Property), a black Raku tea bowl named Mozuya-kuro previously in the possession of Sen Rikyū, as well as a black Raku tea bowl named Aoyama by Raku Dōnyū III (Important Cultural Property), which are all not to be missed.

Gallery Talk by Raku Kichizaemon XV
¥3,000 (including the admission, Russian exhibition souvenir goods, exhibition booklet)
Capacity: up to 30 people for each appointment (booking by telephone starting from Sunday 1 October)
Schedule: 17:00-18:30 on Fridays 6 October, 13 October, 20 October, 10 November, 17 November and 1 December

Closed: Mondays(except on National Holidays)
Admission: Adults ¥1,000
Student concession – university ¥800 high school ¥400
under junior high school free admission
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