The exhibition, entitled ‘Art of KOGEI, Spirit of Kyoto’, features the latest and most outstanding handicrafts created by the artists of Group KOGEI – KYOTO, which was founded in 2006 and consists of 25 artists and a researcher in cultural history.
The pieces on display are products used in the daily life of the people in Kyoto, which have been meticulously refined, such as ceramic tableware, vases, mother-of-pearl works, and lacquer ornamented boxers.
Japanese KOGEI is the fine result of the proper combination of nature and human beings.
Kyoto’s KOGEI works are well refined by the senses, and have been improved through more than 1,200 years of restless innovations of techniques used to make them. The art form is considered the spirit of Kyoto’s culture.
Adressing the opening ceremony, the Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Hiroshi Fukada said that the exhibition is a good opportunity for Vietnamese people to learn more about Kyoto as well as the highly sophisticated handicrafts of Japan.
In addition to the exhibition, Japan also organises many other interesting cultural events during the ‘Japan Days’ (from November 1-23) including the Rock Concert on November 16 and the Japanese Film Festival from November 13-24, according to the Ambassador. He also expressed his hope that the events would contribute to promoting the friendship and mutual understanding between the two countries and two peoples.
The exhibition, part of activities to mark 40th anniversary of Vietnam-Japan diplomatic ties, runs until November 23.
A selection from the exhibition:
The Sea, Voyage
Room for Meditation
Water bird vessel
Flower vase with gold round pattern