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KANTO

‘Living National Treasure, Matsui Kosei: A Retrospective’

NEW OTANI ART MUSEUM

by Alisa Yamasaki

Staff Writer

Kosei Matsui, a designated living national treasure, fused traditional techniques with his own creative expression to craft beautiful ceramics. To commemorate a decade since his passing, this exhibition showcases some of the finest examples of Matsui’s work alongside the tools that he used and some photographs of the artist.

Matsui was a master of the traditional ceramic technique called neriage, which uses two types of clay to create delicate marbled patterns on the surface of the ware. On Aug. 24, the museum will hold a workshop where visitors can try their hand at this technique; July 13-Sept. 23.

New Otani Art Museum; 03-3221-4111; 4-1 Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; Akasakamitsuke Station, Ginza Line, Marunouchi Line. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ¥800. Closed Mon. (except July 15, Sept. 16, 23), July 16, Sept. 17. www.newotani.co.jp/group/museum