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hayashi yasuo

hayashi yasuo

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hayashi yasuo 林康夫(1928- )

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Hayashi Yasuo (1928-) began his artistic career in the 1950s, and is now considered one of the most important forerunners of abstraction in contemporary Japanese ceramics. As a founding member of the Shikokai association of potters, he played a role in the modernization of the medium from the very beginning. The Shikokai group boldly explored new forms for ceramics, and took the medium in truly innovative sculptural directions. Not only was Hayashi the group's youngest member, but also its most celebrated. His abstract ceramic sculpture far outshined that of his contemporaries. His Cloud of 1948 is arguably the very first abstract ceramic sculpture made in Japan. In 1950, Hayashi was included in the first exhibition of contemporary Japanese ceramics to be held in Europe. Set at the prestigious Cernuschi Museum in Paris, the show also included the celebrated Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi. His playful take on formalism recalls the ideas behind the Minimalist movement in America in its willingness to experiment with the boundaries between two- and three-dimensionality. Hayashi exhibited and travelled widely, and so would have been familiar with the international art trends of his time. This work is one in a large oeuvre that reinforces Hayashi's status as a groundbreaking ceramic sculptor.




Selected Public Collections

Contemporary Crafts Museum & Gallery, Portland, OR, U.S.A.

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY, U.S.A.

Museum of Art & Design, New York, NY, U.S.A.

New Orleans Museum of Art, LA, U.S.A.

Institute for Japanese Art, Hanford, CA, U.S.A.

Minneapolis Museum of Arts, Minnesota, U.S.A.


International Experimental Ceramic Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary

Argentina Museum, Japan House

National Gallery of Australia

Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, Ontario, Canada

Museum of Decorative Art, Praha, Czech Republic

Musee National De Ceramique, Sevres, France

Vallauris Ceramic Museum, Museum of Modern Art, France

Faenza International Ceramics Museum, Italy

Obidos Museum of Art, Portugal

I Chon World Ceramic Center, South Korea

Seoul Metropolitan Museum, South Korea

TOTAL Open-Air Museum, Seoul, South Korea 

Victoria & Albert Museum, London, U.K.

University of Wales, U.K.


Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art

Museum of Contemporary Ceramics, Shigaraki, Japan

National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan

Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama, Japan

Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Japan

Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, Japan

National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan

Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Japan

Kyoto Prefectural Library and Archives, Japan

Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum, Japan

Osaka University of Arts, Japan

Misho School of Flower Arrangement, Japan

Ohara School of Flower Arrangement, Japan

Chushin Art Foundation, Kyoto, Japan

Japan Foundation


Selected Awards

1950    Second Mayor Prize in the 3rd Ashiya Municipal Exhibition, Japan

1972    Faenza Prize in the 30th Faenza International Ceramics Competition, Faenza, Italy

1973    First Prize in Calgary International Ceramics Exhibition 1973, Canada 

1974    Grand Prize in the 4th International Biannual of Ceramic Art in Vallauris, France

1982    Special Prize for the Association of Art and Culture in the 8th International Biannual of Ceramic Art in Vallauris, France

    Fletcher Brownbuilt Pottery Award, Auckland War Memorial Museum, New Zealand

1986    Special Jury Prize and Gold Prize in the 10th International Biannual of Ceramic Art in Vallauris, France

1987    Grand Prize in Modern Ceramics at the 1st Odidos International Biannual,   


1994    Award in Kyoto Municipal Museum Exhibition

1998    Received Kyoto City Distinguished Service Award  

1999    Received Kyoto Art & Culture Award

2005    Received Visual Arts Emeritus Award & Emeritus Medal from Australian Government 

            Australia Council for the Arts     



Born in Kyoto 

1940    Studied traditional Japanese painting

1946    Begins to make pottery after his father

1947    Joins “SHIKOKAI,” avant-garde ceramic group as one of the founders

1959    Commissioned relief for the Hyogo Prefectural Labor Hall, Kobe

1968    Starts teaching at Craft Department, Osaka Univ. of Arts

1974    Commissioned Relief for Shingu Primary School, Hyogo

1980    Japan-US Association University Study Trip to California College of Art & Craf, San Francisco and Auckland Conference of I.A.C. in Kyoto 

1981    Commissioned relief for Kamo Hospital

1987    Artist in Residence in International Experimental Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary

    Publishes Hayashi Yasuo: Documents and Chronology

1990    Artist in Residence in Canberra School of Art, Australia, funded by Japan Foundation 

    Judge for 1990 Commonwealth Bank National Ceramic Award, Canberra, Australia

1995    The 5th International Potters Festival, Aberystwyth, Wales, UK

2001    Contributed to stage art Opera “Peony Palace” with color transparency images, Acropolis & Palais des festivals, Cannes

    Lecture and Artist in residence, Shigaraki Ceramic Park Museum

2003    Judge, 21st Asahi Modern Craft Competition

2004     Judge, 17th Fugoku Biennale, Asahi Newspaper

2005     Judge, 51th All Kansai Art Exhibition, Osaka Municipal Museum of Art


Selected Solo Exhibitions:

1958    Sato Gallery, Tokyo

1959    Hankyu Department Store, Osaka/ Yoseido Gallery, Tokyo

1964-5    Gallery 16, Kyoto

1976-7    Seibu Department Store, Ikebukuro Tokyo

1978    Daimaru Department Store, Tokyo/ Seikado Gallery, Tokyo/ Hotel Okura, Tokyo

1981    Osaka Contemporary Art Center, Osaka

1982-3    Gallery Chayamachi, Osaka

1985    Daiken Gallery, Osaka/ Gallery Sanjo, Kyoto/ Gallery Haku, Osaka

1986    Akasaka Green Gallery, Tokyo

1988    Akasaka Green Gallery, Tokyo/ Gallery Beni

1989    Institute Franco-Japonais du Kansai, Kyoto

1990    Akasaka Green Gallery, Tokyo / Canberra School of Art, Australia

1991    Gallery Beni

1992    Akasaka Green Gallery, Tokyo/ Hirakata Kintetsu Art Gallery. Osaka

1993    Gallery Tenjiku, Tokyo/ Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland

1994    Akasaka Green Gallery, Tokyo/ Gallery Tenjiku, Tokyo/ Gallery Sanjo

1995    Galerie L, Hamburg, Germany

1996    Akasaka Green Gallery, Tokyo/ Gallery Beni

1997    Akasaka Green Gallery, Tokyo

1998    Osaka Prefectural Contemporary Art Center

2000    Akasaka Green Gallery/Gallery Sanjo, Kyoto

2002    Akasaka Green Gallery/Gallery Sanjo, Kyoto

2003    Aoyama Green Gallery, Tokyo

2005    Gion Konishi Gallery, Kyoto

    Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd., New York, NY

2006    Paramita Museum, Mie, Japan


Selected Group Exhibitions:

1948-9    Shikokai Exhibition, Kyoto, Osaka & Okayama

1950    The Sogetsu School Exhibition, Daimaru Department Store, Osaka

    “Exposition d’Art Japonais”, Musee Cernuschi, Paris France & Kamakura

1951    “Flower Arrangement Today”, Daimaru Department Store, Osaka

    “Ceramic Exhibition: Hayashi Yasuo & Miura Shogo”, Nishi-Nihon Newspaper Bld,     Fukuoka

1952    The 1st Exhibition of Avant Garde Artists, Fujidaimaru, Kyoto

1953-4    Modern Art Fair, Daimaru Department Store, Kobe

1954    Exhibition of Non-Figurative Art, Mitsukoshi Department Store, Osaka

1955    The 2nd New Face Exhibition in Kyoto, Takashima-ya Department Store, Kyoto

1960     Two Person exhibition: Hayashi Yasuo & Miura Shugo, Gallery Maronie, Kyoto


1965    The 4th exhibition of Excellent works of Contemporary Art in Kyoto, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art

1966    The 10th Selected Art Exhibition by Mainichi Newspaper, Daimaru Department Store,     Kyoto

1969    Exhibition of International Society of Plastic, Audio and Visual Art (ISPAA), Kyoto     Municipal Museum of Art 

1970    ISPAA Exhibition, Homma Art Museum, Sakata

1971    The 1st Japan Ceramic Art Travel Exhibition, Daimaru Department Store, Tokyo and     other 6 locations

    ISPAA Exhibition, 5 places in South East Asia

1973    The 2nd Japan Ceramic Art Exhibition, Daimaru Department Store, Tokyo and other 6     locations 

    “Thinking Touching Drinking CUP” Japan Sea Art Museum, Kanazawa 

1974    XXXII Concorso Internazionale della Ceramica d’ Arte Contemporanea, Faenza, Italy

    Crafts Series Show “3”, Imabashi Gallery, Osaka

1981    XXXIX Concorso Internazionale della Ceramica d’ Arte Contemporanea, Faenza, Italy

1982    Biennale Internationale de Ceramique d’Art, Vallauris, France

1983    Exhibition of Grand Prix Works in Faenza, Italy

    ’83 Asahi Contemporary Ceramic Exhbition, Hankyu, Umeda, Osaka

1984    The 2nd Exhibition of Selected Artists in Traditional Crafts, Matsuzakaya Art Hall,     Ueno, Tokyo, and 2 other location

    Maestri della Ceramica, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Faenza, Italy

    Quanrant’Anni del premio Faenza 1938-1983, Palazzo Pepoli Campogrande, Bologna,     Italy

“Triennale di Milano: Ceramiche dei Concorsi di Faenza”, le Arti decorative, Palazzo     dell’arte al parco, Milano, Italy

1985    “Ceramics of Fun: Humorous Cups in the World”, Daimaru Museum, Osaka

    “Craft Now OSAKA” Daigakudo Gallery, Osaka

Space for Sculptures and Architecture, Art Space Niji, Kyoto

1986    “Clay: Images and Forms: 1981-1985”, Seibu Hall, Otsu, thereafter, Tokyo, USA, and      East Europe

Dixieme Biennale Internationale de Ceramique d’Art, Chateau Musee de Vallaauris,     France

    “Rebecca Model, USA/Yasuo Hayashi, Japan” Maya Behn Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland

“Black and White in Art Today”, Museum of Modern Art, Saitama

1987    “Forms of Aggression: Formative Uprising of the 1960’s”, Crafts Gallery, The National     Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

1 Bienal Internacional de Obidos Ceramica Criativa Contemporanea, Solar da Praca de     Santa Maria, Obidos, Portugal

    “Modern Trends: Japanese Style Painting and Crafts in Kyoto, Kyoto Municipal     Museum of Art


1988    Salon de Kyoto, Institut Franco-Japonais du Kansai, Kyoto

    International Art Competition – NY ‘88, Marcuse Pfeifer Gallery & Michael Ingbar     Gallery, New York

     “Elisabeth Schneider Preis: Die Skulpptur aus Ton ‘88” Galerie Schneider, Freiburg /     Stadische Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany

1989    The 2nd Salon de Kyoto, Institut Franco-Japonais du Kansai, Kyoto

    Mostra-Mercato della Ceramica Contemporanea, Faenza Italy

    Creators of Modern Art: Kyoto Osaka Kobe1945-55, Tottori Prefectural Museum

1990    Contemporary Ceramics: Vessels & Ceramic Sculptures” Tottori Prefectural Museum

“Japanese Contemporary Clay Works” Tour exhibition of Japan Foundation Collection, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea; and other places

    The Fletcher Challenge Ceramic Award 1990, Auckland, New Zealand

    Contemporary Ceramics 1980-1990, Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama 

    Representative Artists in Contemporary Ceramic Art, Matsuzaka-ya Department Store,      Osaka

1991    Contemporary Ceramic Arts & Crafts in Kyoto, Museum of Kyoto

    Guest Artist to “Concurso de Artesania de Ameica Central, Museo Nacional de Costa     Rica, San Jose

    The 43rd Kyo-ten Exhibition, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art (thereafter every year)

    “Contemporary Crafts in Motion: Kyoto 1945-1070”, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art

1992    Contemporary Ceramic Artists in Kyoto, Museum of Art, Kintetsu, Osaka

    “Clay, Yarn, Cloth, Metal” by Osaka Univ., Itami Craft Center

    Asahi Modern Craft Exhibition, Hankyu Department Store, Umeda & Tokyo

“Art in Kyoto: Yestarday, Today, Tomorrow 10”, Kyoto Municipal Museum 

    “Continuity and Transition: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics” Everson Museum of Art,     Syracuse NY

    “History of Contemporary Ceramics: 100 Years of Art by Clay & Fire”, Himeji City     Museum of Art 

1993    “Contemporary Ceramics = 1950-1990 =” Aichi Prefectural Museum, Nagoya

    The 60th Anniversary exhibition, “Jewels from Kyoto Municipal Museum”, Kyoto     Municipal Museum

    “Modern Japanese Ceramics in American Collection”, Japan Society, New York

1994    “Art in Kansai 1950’s-1970’s”, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Kobe

    “Contemporary Ceramics by Araki Takako & Hayashi Yasuo”, Itami Craft Center/     Gallery Saihaku, Amagasaki

    “Capital City Heiankyo” Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art

    Ceramic exhibition by IAC, Museum of Decorative Art Prague, Czech

1995    “Japanese Culture: The 50 Postwar Years”, Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo

    “Japanese Studio Crafts Tradition & Avant-Garde” Victoria & Albert Museum, UK

    “Wind of Faenza”, Ceratopia Toki, Gifu

    “Guests from Japan”, Museum fur Kunst unt Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany


1996    “Artists around Tsutaka Waichi & Izumi Shigeru” Keihan Gallery, Moriguchi

    The World of Contemporary Ceramic Art IAC-KCCA Exhibition, Korea

    IAC Exhibition in Japan, Saga Prefectural Museum 

1997    Seoul Ceramic Art Biennale, Seoul Metropolitan Museum, Korea

1998    Kyoto Municipal Museum Collection exhibition

    “New Wind from Hira” Hira Museum

    “Pioneers of Avant-Grade Ceramics after WWII - Sodeisha” Hiroshima Prefectural     Museum of Art 

    “Mathmatics & Ceramics” Berlin, & Ofen und Keramik Museum, Velten, Germany

    “Kyoto Avant-Garde 1933-1972” Kyoto Municipal Museum

1999    “Post War Art in Kansai 1950’s – 1990’s” Wakayama Prefectural Museum of Modern     Art 

    Kansai Art Exhibition, Osaka Municipal Museum

    “Crafts & Materials”, Kyoto Municipal Museum

2000    Kyoto Art & Culture Award Memorial Exhibition, Kyoto Museum of Culture

    International Ceramic Academy Members’ Exhibition, Frechen, Germany

    Eyes of Repose, Metamorphosis of 3-Dimentional Form”, Kyoto Municipal Museum

2001    “New Forms: Artists of Sodeisha”, Takamatsu Municipal Museum

    International Ceramic Academy Members’ Exhibition, South Korea

    “Crafts of Kyoto”, Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art

    Oakland Green Gallery OP Exhibition, New Zealand

2002    International Ceramic Academy Exhibition, Greece

    Group Exhibition, Kyoto Municipal Museum

    Biennial Exhibition, Shizuoka Prefectural Museum

    Five Sculpture Artists Exhibition, Chayamachi Gallery

    Kansai Art Exhibition, Osaka Municipal Museum

2003    Five 3D Artists Exhibition, Chayacho Gallery, Kyoto

    Invitational, 49th All Kansai Art Exhibition, Osaka Municipal Museum of Art

2004    Kyoto 50 Ceramic Works, Nagano Shinano Center

    Dai Ichi Arts 5 Artists Exhibition, New York, NY

    Invitational, 50th All Kansai Art Exhibition, Osaka Municipal Museum of Art

    Ceramic Works Today, Gallery Oakleaf, Nagano

International Ceramic Academy Members’ Exhibition, South Korea

“Avant-Garde Conscious, Advanced Expressions,” Utsunomiya Museum of Art     Collection 

Mr U’s Companions, Gallery Sancha, Kyoto

“Imagination and Reality, Town and Neighborhood,” Nakashinogochi Gallery, Kyoto

2005    Paramita Museum Collection Exhibition, Mie

    Miniature 100 Artists, Gallery Sancha, Kyoto

    Utsunomiya 10 Ceramic Artists, Kyoto Takashimaya Department Store

    Kanmu Emperor 1200th Year Aniversary Dedication Ceramic Exhibition, Heian Shrine