Last year saw the success of Japanese artist Takashi Murakami’s Superflat exhibition: his first ever large scale presentation of his personal collection centered around contemporary art, held at the Yokohama Museum of Art. If you’re a fan of Murakami and you liked that, you’ll definitely be into the artist’s follow up exhibition that will will showcase 300 ceramic pieces–also from his personal collection–that spans work for 28 different artists. Featured are the likes of Ryo Aoki, Masanobu Ando, Aso Kojima and Shin Murata, as well as works by contemporary artists like Naoki Koide, Otani Workshop, Yoshitomo Nara, Rosemarie Trockel, Chiho Aoshima, Klara Kristalova and Gabriel Orozco.
“It is a reconsideration of the ceramic context and a compelling attempt to grasp the essence of what we consider art.”
Dubbed Takashi Murakami’s Superflat Consideration on Contemporary Ceramics, the exhibition will be held at the Towada Art Center in Towada, Aomori Prefecture, Japan. If you’re lucky enough to go, you’ll see a range of artwork from tea ceremony pieces to little ceramic pieces you find at craft fairs–the emphasise here is to have us, the audience, re-think how we view ceramic work as art. As the gallery put it “From the chanoyu tea ceremony of Rikyuu to the more recent mingei folk art movement of Soetsu Yanagi, and from the ceramics of swanky department store galleries to those of little-known craft fairs, the mind of Murakami is laid bare for the audience in a journey into the history of ceramics that uncovers the value of Japanese ceramics and the current state of aesthetics. It is a reconsideration of the ceramic context and a compelling attempt to grasp the essence of what we consider art.” The show opens March 11 and run through to May 28.