Art / Openings Outside Tokyo

'The Appeal of Ko-Imari and Nabeshima'

IDEMITSU MUSEUM OF ARTS, MOJI

by Yukari Tanaka

Jan. 10-March 29

Ko-Imari and Nabeshima porcelain items have both been highly valued by powerful historical leaders.

Characterized by a gold-painted style called kinrande (gold brocade), Ko-Imari was perfected during the Genroku Era (1688-1704). Its popularity quickly spread throughout Japan and it became a style coveted by European nobles. Nabeshima pottery, however, was produced within Nabeshima feudal domains and, being symbolic of Hizen Province porcelain, it was often given as gifts to shogun families of feudal Japan.

This exhibition brings together the work of the two historical potteries to further explore their fascinatingly similar, yet different styles.

Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Moji; 2-3 Higashi-minatomachi, Moji-ku, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka. Mojiko Stn. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥700. Closed Mon. 093-332-0251; www.s-idemitsu-mm.or.jp/en