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―special exhibition―
Ninsei and Kenzan: Kyoto Ceramics and Painting in Kyoto

November 3rd(friday)~April 1st(Sunday),2017

―special exhibition― Ninsei and Kenzan: Kyoto Ceramics and Painting in Kyoto

Nonomura Ninsei (dates unknown) and Ogata Kenzan (1663–1743), who were active in Kyoto during the Edo period (1603–1868), are the two most famous figures in the history of Japanese ceramics. Ninsei mastered vibrant painted ceramic pieces, and is seen as the founder of Kyō-yaki (Kyoto ware). His handsome and refined pieces were treasured by court nobles and feudal lord families. Ogata Kenzan, in turn, developed this style. He produced new, innovative pieces that combined painting and ceramics, such as the decorated plates he made with his older brother Kōrin.

This exhibition will bring together works by Ninsei and Kenzan held by the Okada Museum of Art, including Ninsei’s Incense Burner with Esoteric Buddhist Implements Design—one of the few Ninsei works with a clear date of production—and Kenzan’s Bowl with Autumn Maples Design in Openwork, which captures in a condensed form the vibrant scenery of fall. The exhibition will also feature Old Kiyomizu ware’s designs that combine blues, greens, golds, and exquisite craftsmanship, as well as the works of the Kyoto master painters Ogata Kōrin and Itō Jakuchū. Visitors are invited to enjoy the elegant world of art that blossomed in Kyoto.

Exhibited Works

Nonomura Ninsei<br /> “Incense Burner with Esoteric Buddhist Implements Design”<br /> Overglaze enamels,Edo period,dated 4th month of 1657(Meireki 3)
Nonomura Ninsei
“Incense Burner with Esoteric Buddhist Implements Design”
Overglaze enamels,Edo period,dated 4th month of 1657(Meireki 3)
Ogata Kenzan<br/>“Bowl with Tatsutagawa Autumn Foliage and Stream Design in Openwork” <br/>Edo period, 18th century
Ogata Kenzan
“Bowl with Tatsutagawa Autumn Foliage and Stream Design in Openwork”
Edo period, 18th century
Nonomura Ninsei<br/>” Goose-shaped Incense Container” <br/> Underglaze Iron Brown,Edo period, 17th century
Nonomura Ninsei
” Goose-shaped Incense Container”
Underglaze Iron Brown,Edo period, 17th century
Ogata Kenzan <br/>“Moonflowers and Red Maple Tree” <br/>Mid Edo period, first half of the 18th  century
Ogata Kenzan
“Moonflowers and Red Maple Tree”
Mid Edo period, first half of the 18th century
Ogata Korin <br/>“Chrysanthemums” <br/>Eary Edo period
Ogata Korin
“Chrysanthemums”
Eary Edo period
Itô Jakuchû<br/>“Crested Myna and the Moon” <br/>Mid Edo period, latter half of the 18th century
Itô Jakuchû
“Crested Myna and the Moon”
Mid Edo period, latter half of the 18th century
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