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Kazuo Yagi, “White Box, OPEN OPEN”, 1971, The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto   ※On display from July 5th

An exhibition re-examining the activities of Sodeisha, a group of avant-garde ceramic artists who led the postwar Japanese ceramic art scene, “The Sodeisha Group: An Era Born Out of Avant-garde Ceramics,” which is on view at the Kikuchi Kanjitsu Memorial Tomo Museum from April 20th to September 1st, 2024.


Sodeisha established in Kyoto prefecture in 1948. The Sodeisha group lasted for 50 years and played an important role in the history of Japanese contemporary ceramics.

This exhibition focuses on the first 25 years of the Sodeisha group (from 1948 to 1973), shedding light on all of the members during then – whose works still remain. Out of the 42 members, works by 32 members are presented. Additionally, there are various documents and works by other avant-garde ceramic groups that were formed at that time, in order to look at this period from a wider perspective.

Previous exhibition venues include The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, which was on view from July 19th to September 24th, 2023, The Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu, from December 19th, 2023, to February 18th, 2024, Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art, from February 27th to April 7th, and Tomo Museum is the last destination.

The Sodeisha Group: An Era Born Out of Avant-garde Ceramics
Date: April 20th – June 23rd / July 5th – September 1st, 2024
Closed on Mondays (Except on July 15th, August 12th), July 16th, August 13th and during exhibition changeover (May 27th – 30th / June 24th – July 4th / July 29th – August 1st)
Hours: 11:00 – 18:00 (Last Admission at 17:30)
Place: Kikuchi Kanjitsu Memorial Tomo Museum
Address: 4-1-35 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Tel: +81 (0)3 5733 5131

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