Contemporary Japanese Ceramics at the Embassy of Japan in Washington D.C.


The Japanese government has selected Onishi Gallery to organize and present an exhibition featuring Japanese Living National Treasures and other recognized masters in the ceramic field at the Embassy of Japan in Washington D.C. from April 10th to 29th.

Japanese artists, over centuries, have sought to capture genuine beauty by incorporating techniques, sensibilities, and attention to detail with materials of all kinds influenced by their historic roots. This process creates an incessant tension between the old and the new—traditional restrictions hang heavily, while individual artists seek new ways to express contemporary life. New forms, colors and designs from this struggle, never cease to fascinate us.

To promote Japanese traditional art and culture to a younger generation, extraordinarily talented living artists are designated by the Japanese government as holders of Important Intangible Cultural Property (so called “Living National Treasures”). These artists play an important role in the Japanese art craft world to transcend their historic legacy.

“Contemporary Japanese Ceramics by Living National Treasures and Other Masters” shows works and techniques from different generations. The works of father and son or daughter, master and pupil, are exhibited side by side to demonstrate how cultural heritage is passed on from one generation to the next. The viewer travels in time and becomes witness to an evolution in art, an inheritance in skills and talents, an undeniable familial bond and influence, and the artists’ individual triumphs which are at once unique and steeped in history.

For further information on the exhibition, please contact Nana Onishi at nana@onishigallery.com / 212.695.8035.

Exhibition Schedule:

On View: April 10–29, Monday–Sunday, 9 am–5 pm
Address: JICC, Embassy of Japan in the United States of America 1150 18th Street NW, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20036
Tel: 202.238.6900