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Friday, June 17, 2011


"Asakawa Noritaka & Takumi Brothers: Their Souls and Their Visions"

The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka


Noritaka (1884-1964) and Takumi Asakawa (1891-1931) played leading roles in publicizing Korean ceramics and crafts from the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1897) when they started to gain attention here in the 1920s.

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"Porcelain Jar with Lotus Flower Design in Underglaze Cobalt Blue and Copper-Red" (Joseon Dynasty, second half of the 18th century) THE MUSEUM OF ORIENTAL CERAMICS, OSAKA (GIFT OF ATAKA EIICHI)

During the early colonial period of Japan (1910-'45), the Asakawa brothers moved to the Korean Peninsula and made it their home. They both became well versed in Korean ceramics and crafts and later became a great influence on Soetsu Yanagi (1889-1961), the founder of Japan's Mingei (People's Craft) movement.

This show sheds light on the expertise of the Asakawa brothers through a display of around 200 items, including Korean ceramics, crafts, paintings and manuscripts; till July 24.

The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, (06) 6223-0055, 1-1-26 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka; near Naniwabashi Station (Exit 1), Keihan Nakanoshima Line, or 5-min. walk from Yodoyabashi Station (Exit 1), Midosuji Line. 9:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. ¥1,000. Closed Mon.; open holidays and closed the following day. www.moco.or.jp.

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