The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl: Transmitting a Secret Art across
   Generations of the Raku Family


Black Raku cylindrical tea bowl yakinuki type, called Hakugyo, 1999, The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto RAKU, Kichizaemon XV,
Black Raku cylindrical tea bowl
yakinuki type, called "Hakugyo"
,
1999, The National Museum of
Modern Art, Kyoto

 The Raku ware tradition has continued uninterrupted since the 16th century, beginning with Chojiro, the first head of the Raku family, to Kichizaemon, the current, 15th head of the family. The isshisoden method of transmitting the secrets of an art from father to only one son was adopted as a way of embodying the ideas of Sen no Rikyu’s wabi-cha tea ceremony. While witnessing many temporal changes, this fascinating approach, which strikes us as quite odd today, has been maintained without any slackening. Today, some 450 years and 15 generations later, the entire body of Raku ware has even more to convey to contemporary viewers. In a sense, the works seem to be the product of a single artist. Along with pieces by the early 17th century artist Honami Koetsu, a close associate of the Raku family, this exhibition surveys the aesthetic world of Raku ware while also touching on Japan's uniquely spiritual culture.


List of Works

The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl: Transmitting a Secret Art across Generations of the Raku Family

"Special Feature: Infinite Universe-Beyond the Tea Bowl" is holding at Collection Gallery on the 4F related to the exhibition "The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl: Transmitting a Secret Art across Generations of the Raku Family"

Exhibition dates

December 17 (Sat), 2016–February 12 (Sun), 2017

Hours

9:30AM–5:00PM (admission until 4:30PM)

Closed

Mondays,
December 28 (Wed)–January 2 (Mon), and January 10 (Tue)
Exception: January 9 (Mon, National Holiday)

Organizer

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
NHK Kyoto Station
NHK PlanNet, Inc. Kinki Branch Office
The Kyoto Shimbun Newspaper Co., Ltd.
Nikkei Inc.

Support

Kyoto Prefecture
Kyoto City
Kyoto Prefectural Board of Education
Kyoto City Board of Education

Sponsorship

Nissha Printing Co., Ltd.

Special cooperation

Raku Museum
Japan Foundation

Cooperation

Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Co., Ltd.

Admission

  Day of admission Advance Group (20 or more)
Adult 1,400 1,200 1,200
University students 1,000 800 800
High school students 500 300 300
Junior high school students or younger Free

* Collection gallery is available with this ticket.
* Visitors with disability and one person accompanying them are admitted free of charge. (Please present certificate at the admission.)
* Advance tickets are available between October 15–December 16, 2016

Publicity materials

flyer (1.3MB)

Touring Exhition

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
March 14–May 21, 2017

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