Kogei-Kyoto x SA+C Boston: Contemporary Innovators in Japanese Arts and Crafts

September 10 - November 12, 2019

Presented by Artists' Group Kogei-Kyoto in Kyoto, Japan and the Japan Society of Boston in celebration of the 60th anniversary of Kyoto and Boston's sister city relationship.

 

kogei white ceramic dish EDITED
Shibata Ryozo, Waving Plate, Porcelain

To commemorate the 60-year Sister City pairing of Boston and Kyoto, Japan, more than two dozen artists from Kyoto’s revered Kogei crafts collective Kogei-Kyoto bring exquisite items to the Society of Arts + Crafts’ Seaport gallery. Featuring both traditional pieces, and innovative new works made with traditional methods, this wide-ranging exhibition marks the first Kogei group show in the US. Pieces from multiple mediums including ceramics, lacquer, woodworking, and fabric dyeing will be on view in this stunning exhibition. Visiting Kogei artists will host demonstrations and teach workshops throughout the exhibition’s run.

Kogei evokes the harmony that exists between humans and nature. While works embodying kogei are believed to have started as early as the 8th century, today, kogei is understood as almost synonymous with decorative arts. The Artists’ Group Kogei-Kyoto was founded in 2006 to spread awareness of kogei fine arts worldwide, and to encourage their further use in daily life. The Group is comprised of 28 world-class artists and a cultural history researcher. The group has put on acclaimed exhibitions in Kyoto, Japan; Nagano, Japan; Hanoi, Vietnam; and Paris, France. The Society of Arts + Crafts is honored to be able to present this exhibition in conjunction with Kogei-Kyoto.