Third Thursday Lecture | 15 May 2014
Truth and Splendour:
The Modern Porcelain of Tomimoto Kenkichi
Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellow
Every Third Thursday of the month, the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures hosts a lecture on a topic related to the art and culture of Japan. Talks begin at 6pm (50-minute lecture followed by refreshments). Speakers are all specialists in their field and the talks are intended to be accessible to those with no prior knowledge of Japanese history. Admission is free and all are welcome. Booking essential. To book a seat email us at email@example.com or fax 01603 625011 up to two days before the lecture stating your name, number of seats required and a contact number. The lecture will be held at the Sainsbury Institute, 64 The Close, Norwich NR1 4DH. The Third Thursday Lecture series is funded by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Yakult and the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Charitable Trust.
About the Lecture
Widely acclaimed as Japan’s modern ceramics pioneer, Tomimoto Kenkichi (1886−1963) championed expression of the self and the assimilation of ceramics into the discourse of modern Japanese art. He created two distinct types of porcelain art, austere white porcelain (hakuji) and resplendent overglaze enamel porcelain (iro-e jiki). For the latter, in 1955 he received the designation Holder of Important Intangible Cultural Property. In this lecture, Meghen Jones will explore the stylistic synergies between Tomimoto’s porcelain and precedents from China, Korea, and Japan as well as identify the key ways in which Tomimoto’s porcelain embodied the artist’s insistence on authorial truth and patrons’ praise for decorative splendour. This discussion of masterworks by Tomimoto will offer insights into the aesthetics of Japanese modernism and the cultural significance of porcelain in Japan, East Asia, and beyond.
About the Speaker
Meghen Jones is a historian of Japanese art with a focus on ceramics, modern craft, and art in transnational perspective. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Industrial, Interior, and Craft Design from Musashino Art University and recently completed her doctoral studies in Asian art history at Boston University. She has received fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the Korea Foundation, and the Japanese Ministry of Education. Before coming to the Sainsbury Institute, she was Teaching Fellow in Japanese Studies at Earlham College and Visiting Researcher at the Crafts Gallery of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. Her dissertation, “Tomimoto Kenkichi and the Discourse of Modern Japanese Ceramics,” examines the art, praxis, and theories of Tomimoto Kenkichi (1886–1963) as a case study for illuminating the central mechanisms responsible for the emergence and development of modern Japanese art ceramics.
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