Jihei Murase, Suikei Saito, Kenji Wakasugi, and Tohru Matsuzaki’s artworks are currently exhibited at “A Teahouse for Philadelphia” at Philadelphia Museum of Art through July 30, 2018

Jihei Murase, Suikei Saito, Kenji Wakasugi, and Tohru Matsuzaki’s was recently accessioned into the Philadelphia Museum of Arts permanent collection and they are currently exhibited at “A Teahouse for Philadelphia” exhibition in the Japanese art section through July 30, 2018.

Also, after that we have a large turn out for the opening reception of our show “Wabi Sabi”.Jihei Murase served tea for our honored guests! The exhibition closes November 22nd so we invite you to come see these great artists work.

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The Detroit Institute of Arts just unveiled their new Japanese Wing!

The Detroit Institute of Arts just unveiled their new Japanese Wing!
It is a new breeze of art for the city of Detroit.
Mr. Kuniji Tsubaki was consulted in the layout of the Tokonoma space (alcove) for this gallery.
Shigeru Uchida’s Tea Room ‘Gyo-An’ welcomed guests with
Seikei Saito’s scroll ‘Hope’, Tohru Matsuzaki’s lacquer board, and Yui Tsujimura’s vase. They are accessioned in the permanent collection of DIA.

Suitcase Tea Room in Central Park!

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This week we had a tea ceremony in Central Park! Its design is created by producer and architect Mr. Kuniji Tsubaki. His concept of “ZEN-AN” is to create a portable space of traditional Japanese tea using only the best craftsmanship of Japan.

All of this fits into a compact, suitcase. Ippodo Gallery will represent him this fall, so we are excited to show everyone his suitcase tea room! To watch a short documentary on the creation, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3SVJbDJSMk&feature=share

Director Shoko Aono Speaks in Kogei Discussion

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Director Shoko Aono spoke about the future of Kogei and reported our experience in New York as a Japanese art gallery.

We had a meaningful discussion regarding Kogei and traditional craft.
The discussion was with Ronald T. Labaco, Joe Earle, Shoko Aono, and Masanori Aoyagi.

Read more about it here (Japanese)

The Essence of Imperfection : Wabi Sabi at Ippodo Gallery

The Essence of Imperfection : Wabi Sabi at Ippodo Gallery

October 26, 2017 – November 22, 2017

Mon. – Fri. : 11 a.m.to 6 p.m. | Saturdays by appointment

Special Reception with exhibiting artists :
November 8, 6 – 8 p.m.

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Ippodo Gallery is pleased to present a selection of works by nine artists, in conjunction with the exhibition, A Teahouse for Philadelphia, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA). Ippodo artists, Jihei Murase, Tohru Matsuzaki, Suikei Saito, and Kenji Wakasugi, will be on view through July 30, 2018, so Ippodo welcomes the chance to run these artists in a concurrent showcase at our New York gallery, with additional works on view by five artists — Keiji Ito, Akito Nizato, Shiro Tsujimura, Koji Hatakeyama, and Kyokko Kaida.

The exhibition centers around Wabi Sabi, a cultural tradition rooted in the beauty of imperfection and impermanence. Authenticity in this careful carelessness knows no translation, but is a celebration of all things natural and unadorned. It is a meditative aesthetic, and one greatly esteemed in Japanese culture.

Each artist has an individual ability to express this Wabi Sabi ideal:

Jihei Murase (b. 1957) creates harmonious lacquerware from 100-year-old timber and straight virgin trees, dried and prized for delicate, thin grooves to emphasize forms created by nature. Lacquerware by Tohru Matsuzaki (b. 1944) also uses precious zelkova wood, but the artist applies his hand to chiseling the grooves of the rich vermillion red, black and silver. Ceramics by Keiji Ito (b. 1935) are minimalistic, world renowned Shijo Tsujimura (b. 1947) ‘s rare pieces from his time in Devon (UK in 1993) are whimsical, and by younger Akio Niisato (b. 1977), having previously taught a Harvard ceramics from 2009-2012, all continue to evolve from a place of passion and creativity, and have been shown all over the world.
Kyokko Kaida (b.1946)’s bamboo tea scoops are poetic, while the weathered surfaces of Koji Hatakeyama (b.1956) ’s bronze boxes convey the material’s individual history.
The juxtaposition of forms, past and present ideals, and a delicacy of craft continue through more innovative techniques. This can be seen in the works by calligrapher, Suikei Saito (b. 1945), who explores stillness, nothingness, and emptiness. As a photographer, Kenji Wakasugi (b. 1941) digitally manipulates images on landscapes, striking a balance between tradition and modernity. Wakasugi uses Sumi ink, pigments, and gold and silver leaf on scanned photographs, with his most recent mixed media work an homage to the tea masters, Sen Rikyu and Oribe Huruta.

Ultimately this continues Ippodo’s efforts to sync with the natural world in an ongoing appreciation of the beauty of both artwork and the earth itself. This emphasis on technique and materials culled from the earth syncs with the ideals of Wabi Sabi, in that there is a play between tradition and modernity, while embracing the curvatures found organically. Through changing technologies and mixed media, each artist maintains these ideals of discovery and reverence, making for a worthy group show of proven museum-quality works.

For more information and to view an online catalogue, please visit our Exhibition page, or see our official press release.

Director Shoko Aono will be speaking at the ‘Globalization and Kogei’ symposium on October 21 !

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Director Shoko Aono will be speaking at the’ Globalization and Kogei ‘ symposium
as a representative of a Japanese art gallery based in Japan and the United States !

Museums and galleries are attracting attention as places from which to promote new Kogei values.
Museum curators and gallerists will deepen understanding of the evaluation of aesthetic values and the originality of artists, as well as the significance of curation and direction in this new Kogei.

Location :
Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art
( 2-1 Dewa-machi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-0963 JAPAN )

Date & Time :
October 21st, 2017 2 – 4 p.m.

Other Panelists :
Joe Earle

Senior Consultant, Japanese Works of Art, Bonhams
Former Director, Japan Society Gallery, New York
Former Chair, Department of Asian Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Ronald T. Labaco

Independent Curator
Former Senior Curator, Museum of Arts and Designs, New York

Moderator :
Yuji Akimoto

Director/Professor,
The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts
Chief Executive Director,
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

Fee :
2000 yen

Capacity :
200 people

Enquiries :
The Creation of Japan General Incorporated Association
Tel : +81.3.3573.3339
Email : info@thecreationofjapan.or.jp

Please click here or visit event website for more details!

Modern tea suitcase for globetrotters ‘ZEN-An’ made its first overseas debut to the public!

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‘ZEN-An’, a modern tea suitcase for globetrotters, produced by architect and expert on the Japanese tea ceremony, Kuniji Tsubaki, made its first overseas debut to the public!
The piece is now exhibited at the Charles B. Wang Center at Stony Brook University, as part of their current exhibition, “The Way of Tea in Asia”.
This new concept is garnering lots of attention among New Yorkers!

Please click to watch a special Video of “Modern Tea Suitcase for Globetrotters

Ippodo Gallery is supplementing the installation of their exhibition with Shigeru Uchida’s tearoom ‘Ji’An’ and many other tea utensils.

We are planning some exciting and fun events related to the Japanese tea ceremony for this fall season.
Do not miss our further announcements!