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Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics

Subtle, bold, powerful.

Japan’s contemporary ceramic artists draw on traditions begun thousands of years ago as they create containers for the presentation of flowers. Inspired in part by Japan’s distinctive ikebana flower arranging styles, the extraordinary ceramics on display in Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics exist in unique harmony with these floral traditions. With dramatic designs both traditional and contemporary, this exhibition celebrates the works of many of Japan’s greatest living ceramic artists.

Comprised almost exclusively of vases drawn from the Betsy and Robert Feinberg Collection, we explore the ways in which contemporary ceramic artists have challenged and come to understand the vessel as a support for flowers.  Responding to Japan’s ikebana flower arranging traditions and to  the distinctive design aspects of the Japanese interior, the ceramics in this exhibition reveal the beauty and power that has distinguished Japan’s contemporary ceramic artists.

This exhibition is on view until May 11, 2014 at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, located at 600 N. Charles Street.

Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics celebrates the extraordinary gift to the Walters of contemporary Japanese ceramics from Betsy and Bob Feinberg. It has been generously supported by The E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, the Friends of the Asian Collection of the Walters Art Museum, the Bernard Family, and Mr. and Mrs. Douglas W. Hamilton, Jr, and The Edward Clark Wilson Fund for Asian Art.

Categories: Exhibits

Event Venue

The Walters Art Museum

600 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 547-9000
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