Japan's contemporary ceramic artists draw on traditions begun thousands of years 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 this exhibition exist in unique harmony with the floral traditions so closely tied to Japan and its culture. 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 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.
This exhibition is on view until May 11, 2014 at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, located at 600 N. Charles Street. Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and Thursdays 5–9 p.m. Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics is a special ticketed exhibition. Admission to this exhibition is free between 5-9 p.m. during Thursday nights sponsored by Constellation Energy. General admission to the permanent collection of the Walters Art Museum is free.
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