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HYOGO

“Form in Art: Touch and Sense the Piece — Keiko Masumoto”

HYOGO PREFECTURAL MUSEUM OF ART

by Tomoko Hori

Staff Writer

“Form in Art: Touch and Sense the Piece” is a series of exhibitions that began in 1989 with the aim of broadening the public’s experience of art by focusing on works that don’t rely simply on vision to be appreciated. This particular show introduces the work of Hyogo Prefecture-born rising ceramicist Keiko Masumoto (b. 1982).

Ceramics can be viewed as functional art — aesthetically pleasing works that have the added appeal of being tangible and usable in daily life. Once such objects are housed and displayed at museums, however, they become untouchable to viewers. This show explores a new way to appreciate art by allowing visitors to touch and interact with around 20 works on show; till Nov. 6.

Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art; (078) 262-0901; 1-1-1 Kaigan-dori, Wakihama, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi; 8-min. walk from Iwaya Station, Hanshin Honsen Line, or 10-min. walk from Nada Station, JR Kobe Line. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Fri., Sat., till 8 p.m.) ¥500. Closed Mon.; open holidays and closed the following day. www.artm.pref.hyogo.jp.