Koji Hatakeyama

Bronze Exhibition

September 04, 2015 - September 12, 2015

Representing contemporary metalwork, Koji Hatakeyama is an artist whose work can be found in museums all over the world.
Hatakeyama creates the basic form for his works out of wood and then uses plaster to create a mold. He then pours in molten bronze, to which he eventually applies chemicals on its surface in order to generate chemical reactions. The finished forms, with features of corrosion, with their depths of color, and unique patterning, waft in astounding beauty.
Hatakeyama has been producing simple lidded bronze boxes for over 20 years as a woodworker, potter and metalworker.
He describes bronze as being “a material with memories of a thousand years.”
“I create contained vessels, conveying the sense that something is controlled or hidden within. I try to provoke a dynamic sense of the spiritual world in my bronze boxes.”
Ginza Ippodo Gallery is proud to present his pieces in this exhibition - pieces which are tranquil, but also have a strong presence.

1956 Born in Toyama City
1980 Graduated from Kanazawa College of Art with a major in craft metal casting
2000 Awarded the 11th Takashimaya Art Prize by the Takashimaya Foundation
2007 Awarded Grand Prize at the Sano Renaissance Metal Art Casting
2012 Awarded MOA Museum Art Prize at the 18th MOA Mokichi Okada Award / “The Tea Ceremony Today” Encouragement Prize at Musee Tomo

Public collections:
Victoria & Albert Museum of Art / London, UK
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery / Birmingham, UK
Philadelphia Museum of Art / Philadelphia, USA
National Museums Scotland / Edinburgh, UK
Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museum / Aberdeen, UK
Ashmolean Museum / Oxford, UK
National Museum of Victoria / Melbourne, Australia
Danish Royal Family / Copenhagen, Denmark
National Museum of Modern Art / Tokyo, Japan
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa /Japan
The Japan Foundation / Tokyo, Japan
Takaoka City Museum / Toyama, Japan
Musee Tomo / Tokyo, Japan
MOA Museum / Atami, Japan