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Bernard Howell Leach is regarded as one of the greatest figures of 20th-century art, a crucial pioneer of blending Western pottery with Asian techniques and influences. Leach spent some of his childhood in Japan, and he returned there to teach etching during the 1910s. It was during this time that he learned the art of Japanese ceramics, which was to shape his later works back in England. Leach’s art is now often viewed by critics as an early bridge between the East and West.

This large-scale exhibition celebrates the 130th anniversary of the renowned potter, who went on to inspire many others all over the world.

The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga; 1740-1 Seta-Minamiogaya-cho, Otsu, Shiga. Seta Stn. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥1,000. Closed Mon. 077-543-2111; www.shiga-kinbi.jp

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