The modern Japanese term for artisan crafts, kogei (pronounced ‘ko-gay’) refers to a form of highly skilled artistic expression associated with specific regions and craftsmen in Japan. Kogei works typically include ceramics, textiles, lacquer, metal, glass and wood, and have at their core a concern for fine craftsmanship and the inherent qualities of the materials. Informed by centuries of tradition, these crafts have been revitalised and expanded in recent years, with emerging avant-garde tendencies in fields such as bamboo sculpture and studio glass competing with established practices and values that are deeply embedded in Japanese culture.
Drawn from the diverse collections of the Ise Foundation, Living Kogei highlights over seventy works by prominent and emerging contemporary Japanese artists—including Living National Treasures whose skills have been recognised by the Japanese government. Ranging from rustic ceramics with asymmetrical forms, to abstract glass with elegant silhouettes and sensuous colours, each work demonstrates how contemporary artisans revere and carry on the long tradition of Japanese craft, while at the same time departing from convention in search of the new.
The University of Hong Kong’s (HKU) Nestorian crosses were assembled by a Mr. F. A. Nixon who served as a British postal commissioner in Beijing in the 1930s and 1940s. Subsequently the collection...
The exhibition is now extended to October 27, 2019. “All the attention is fixed on a unique moment, almost too good to be true, which can evaporate in the next second and provokes a feeling that is...
Tour duration: 20 minutes Please register by clicking on the date: Cantonese Aug 31, 2019 (Saturday) 14:00 Putonghua Aug 31, 2019 (Saturday) 14:30
Tour duration: 20 minutes Please register by clicking on the date: English Sep 7, 2019 (Saturday) 14:00 Putonghua Sep 7, 2019 (Saturday) 14:30
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