Kikuchi Biennale 6th

◆Special Exhibition

Kikuchi Biennale contemporary ceramic art exhibition

Yo Akiyama: Towards the Sea of Arche
[Contemporary Ceramic Art]
April 2 - July 24, 2016

 Yo AKIYAMA (b.1953), who currently teaches the next generation at his alma mater, Kyoto City University of Arts, is a ceramist who has been at the leading edge of contemporary ceramics from the 1980s. His works are blackish brown sculptural forms of kokuto (carbon-impregnated earthenware) or made by applying iron powder after the firing at a high temperature. They have been serialized according to their styles and the works presented from the 1980s, when he began working as an artist, to the 1990s are given titles reminiscent of the earth such as “Peneplain,” “Oscillation,” “ZONE,” and “Geological Age.” Later on, in the 2000s, “Metavoid” and “Heterophony” were added.
  Consistent characters identifiable in all these series are the point that his senses of texture and mass express the materiality of the clay and the spectacular scale of his works. Even his small works measure about 50 centimeters square and the large works are several meters long. His ceramic forms, which give the viewers bodily sensations of the power of destruction and generation lurking in the clay, have been featured in individual exhibitions in the U.S.A. and Belgium and are highly appreciated both in Japan and abroad.
 The current exhibition presents the ceramic world of this artist who claims to have a yearning for the primordial (arche) through mainly new and recent works with additional representative examples of his oeuvre of the 1980s and the 1990s. There are altogether forty or so works on show.

General Information of this exhibiton

Period 2016 Apr. 2(sat)~ Jul. 24(sun)
Closed Closedmondays (except Jul .18th), Jul.19
Hours 11:00~18:00  (Last entry 30 minutes before closing)
Admission Adults 1000yen
University students 800yen
High school,Junior high school and elementary school student 500yen

※Preschool children : Free
Organizer Kikuchi Foundation, Nikkei Inc.

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