Biennale Internationale de Vallauris: Création Contemporaine et Céramique

Arts of Fire, Transformation of Space: Masterworks of Contemporary Japanese Porcelain

7 July-12 November 2012 Salle Eden, Place de la Liberation, Vallauris T : + 33 4 93 64 71 83 Contact the Biennale City of Vallauris

About the Exhibition

The Twenty-second International Biennale of Vallauris, which runs from 7 July to the 12 November this year has chosen Japan as its guest country for the first time. The Municipality of Vallauris felt it was appropriate on the Twenty-second Biennale to celebrate excellence in contemporary Japanese porcelain with an exhibition, workshops and events to commemorate the resilience of Japan and Japanese ceramic artists after the Great Eastern Earthquake of last year. They have asked Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere to act as guest curator for the Japanese exhibition and the Sainsbury Institute to assist in its realisation. The resulting Arts of Fire, Transformation of Space, Masterworks of Contemporary Japanese Porcelain exhibition includes works from seven superior porcelain artists currently practicing in Japan along with work from a promising young ceramicist working in the earthquake affected area of Kasama. The seven artists: Fukami Sueharu (b. 1947), Maeta Akihiro (b. 1954) Takagaki Atsushi (b. 1946), Nagae Shigekazu (b. 1958), Kimura Yoshiro (b. 1946), Nakashima Harumi (b. 1950) and Ohno Yoshinori (b. 1978), each create ceramic art in distinct styles that are markedly sculptural. Along with the Japanese ceramic exhibition the finalist of the Biennale competition as well several other ceramic and design exhibitions will be taking place in the town of Vallauris at the same time. Two of the Japanese Artists Nagae, Shigezaku and Maeta Akihiro will be visiting Vallauris and giving demonstrations and talks during the Biennale.

Nakashima Harumi, Forms that Inverse and Multiply, porcelaine.

Nakashima Harumi, Forms that Inverse and Multiply, porcelaine.


Organized by:

City of Vallauris, France

In association with:

Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures

With support from:

Aéroport Nice Côte d’Azur, Chambre de commerce et d’industrie Nice Côte d’Azur Air France Ateliers d’Art de France Association des amis du château-musée de Vallauris Association Vallaurienne d’Expansion Céramique Conseil général des Alpes-Maritimes International Foundation for Arts and Culture, Japan The Japan Foundation Manufacture nationale de Sèvres Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication Radisson BLU 1835 Hôtel & Thalasso Sir Ronald and Lady Cohen Toshiba International Foundation Yufuku Gallery, Japan