2 September 2015
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.