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Sagawa Art Museum Raku Kichizaemon Kan - Raku Kichizaemon Pavilion

It is an architecturally unique museum with the underground galleries constructed under the water garden on ground level where the tea room structure is built to resemble a floating isle.
The whole design was produced by Raku Kichizaemon XV based on the concept of “shu-ha-ri, literally “obeying-breaking-leaving”, one of the most famous teachings expressed by Sen Rikyû on rules and manners - obey them to the limit (shu), break them (ha), even leave them (ri), but never forget their fundamentals (hon). The collection consists of works produced by the current generation since the year 2000 including black Raku tea bowls, yakinuki type black tea bowls, tea caddies, fresh water jars, etc. Works by Raku Kichizaemon XV are continually updated.

Kichizaemon XV – Raku Jikinyū Exhibition
The Beauty of Tea Ceramics
Saturday 30 March – Monday 23 September 2024

Raku wares were first made by Chōjirō during the Momoyama period (1573-1615) and have continued to be produced by successive generations of the Raku family for almost 450 years. Jikinyū is the name assumed by the 15th generation Raku Kichizaemon when he retired from the family headship in favour of his elder son in 2019. Since then, he has continued to be active in exploring his unique artistic vision.

Tea ceramics are wares made specifically for use in the tea ceremony (chanoyu). Tea bowls (chawan) in particular have long been cherished not only as utensils but also as objects of aesthetic appreciation. This exhibition focuses on tea ceramics that have a strong and distinctive artistic presence. In addition to tea bowls, items not often included in exhibitions such as fresh-water jars (mizusashi) and charcoal containers (hiire) are included among the works on display. While they are intended to be used in tea ceremony meetings (chakai), they demonstrate – like his tea bowls – Jikinyū’s highly original approach to making ceramics. We hope you will enjoy this opportunity to engage with Jikinyū’s creative world.

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Sagawa Art Museum
2891 Kitagawa, Mizuho-cho, Moriyama-shi, Shiga 524-0102 JAPAN
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