In the simple word Tõji (ceramic) is expressed
all the reverence the Japanese feel for this
artform, associated both with the sacred qualities
of the vessel in the tea ceremony and
Man's relationship with Nature in Zen
Buddhist doctrine.
In an imaginative setting reminiscent of a Zen
garden, the French national ceramic museum
pays homage to Japanese masters of the
past half century through 150 pieces drawn
from major European collections. As in
Europe, the studio pottery movement in
Japan began in the 20s but reached its zenth
in the 1950s. Aside from the exquisite forms
and glazes of these vessels, the concurrency
with 20th-century Western art is striking.
Currents of primitivism, pop art, abstract
expressionism and craft design culminate in
recent work tacitly commenting on industrial
society's desecration of the environment
through the use of natural forms.

Musée national de Céramique – Sèvres
TõJI, Avant-garde et Tradition du Japon
Through to February 26, 2007
Place de la Manufacture
92310 Sèvres
T. +33 (0)1 41 14 04 20