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The exhibition at MAD (Museum of Arts and Design) in New York (October 20, 2015 / February 7, 2016), is devoted to traditional Japanese art Kogei, and portrays 12 contemporary artists who offer their current vision of it, without betraying its old principles. Workmanship, decorations and colours are associated with the characteristics of specific Japanese regions and return to aesthetics deeply rooted in local cultures. Yet, while not betraying origins and despite using traditional manufacturing techniques, these new expressions give inedited personal visions, revealing futuristic hypotheses for this art. Vases and ceramic plates of this exhibition, although revealing their historical roots through filigree, have disharmonies and a rawness that give the works an unexpected and contemporary aesthetic.

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Japanese Kōgei | Future Forward showcases the work of 12 established and emergening kōgei artists, and examines the changing role of this discipline within Japanese culture today.
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Takurō Kuwata, Blue-slipped gold Kairagi Shino bowl, 2012, porcelain, glaze, gold - H. 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm) Diam. 13 in. (33 cm)
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The object is steeped in tradition and rooted in upholding conventional cultural ideals and aesthetics through the mastery of specialized techniques and materials.
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Katsuyo Aoki, Predictive Dream XII, 2010 Porcellana, 23.5 x 12.3 x 23cm
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Harm Noguchi, Inoshishi (Wild Boar), 2014. Ceramica, ferro, resina, 31.2 x 32.2 x 65 cm
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Takashi Ikura, Where Shadow Meets Form, 2011-03, Semi-porcellana, 27 x 17.2 x 16.6 cm
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Most kōgei artists see their role as one that upholds traditional Japanese culture of the past, as it was established in the late-19th-century Meiji period, which precludes the opportunity for personal expression or for addressing more topical, global issues.
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Where Shadow Meets Form (2012) by IKURA Takashi, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary
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Kōgei is a genre of traditional art that may be roughly translated as "artisan crafts"—a means of highly skilled artistic expression, both in form and decoration, that is associated with specific regions and peoples in Japan.
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Masayasu Mitsuke, Untitled, 2009, Kutani-ware (porcellana) con decorazioni rosse e oro, 10 x 46 x 46 cm
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Masayasu Mitsuke, piatto in porcellana. Japanese Kogei exhibition, MAD museum

WHERE: 2 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019, Stati Uniti

The exhibition at MAD (Museum of Arts and Design) in New York (October 20, 2015 / February 7, 2016), is devoted to traditional Japanese art Kogei, and portrays 12 contemporary artists who offer their current vision of it, without betraying its old principles. Workmanship, decorations and colours are associated with the characteristics of specific Japanese regions and return to aesthetics deeply rooted in local cultures. Yet, while not betraying origins and despite using traditional manufacturing techniques, these new expressions give inedited personal visions, revealing futuristic hypotheses for this art. Vases and ceramic plates of this exhibition, although revealing their historical roots through filigree, have disharmonies and a rawness that give the works an unexpected and contemporary aesthetic.

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The Moodboarders is a glance into the design world, which, in all of its facets, captures the extraordinary even within the routine. It is a measure of the times. It is an antenna sensitive enough to pick-up on budding trends, emerging talents and neglected aesthetics. Instead of essays, we use brief tales to tune into the rhythm of our world. We travelled for a year without stopping, and seeing as the memory of this journey has not faded, we have chosen to edit a printed copy. We eliminated anything episodic, ephemeral or fading, maintaining a variety of articles that flow, without losing the element of surprise, the events caught taking place, and the creations having just bloomed.