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Aug. 28-Sept. 27

Described by critics as modern and intelligent, the work of Tatsusuke Kuriki (1943-2013) focuses on the form of ceramics in relation to their decorative potential and the restrictions of clay as a material.

Unlike traditional pottery that often highlights imperfection as aesthetically beautiful, Kuriki’s works avoided cracks or deformities and instead introduced unusual shapes created with honed ceramic techniques. With shape being an important integral part of the decorative nature of his objects, Kuriki is often cited in Japan as an artist who transcended the conventional concept of ceramics.

This is The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto’s first retrospective of Kuriki’s work, tracing the evolution of his craft from his early to late works.

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto; Okazaki Enshoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto. Higashiyama Stn. 9:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. ¥900. Closed Mon. 075-761-4111; www.momak.go.jp

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