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morino taimei

morino Taimei

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morino taimei 森野泰明(1934- )


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This master piece by Morino Taimei illustrates the artist's ultimate pursue to the Japanese concept of ma (間) which simultaneously encapsulates aspects of space, tempo, and rhythm. The gives a feeling of movement that is accentuated by the lightness and lift of the hidden foot and the playful lust patterns that dance across the deep blue glazed surface. These patterns, partially inspired by Native American art that Morino encountered during his time teaching ceramics in the United States, have a distinct kind of rhythm. The artist hopes that viewers read between the lines, shapes, and dots that playfully stretch across the surface as one would read a piece of literature or poetry, and therefore come to better understand his work and its connection to ma. Morino's work is firmly rooted in the traditions of his native Kyoto, yet his exposure to international art trends during the four years he spent teaching at the University of Chicago in the 1960s and his awareness of more avant-garde Japanese practices both affected his work. This piece employs the black and red glazes reminiscent of traditional iron works on lacquer boxes and chests thereby translating that tradition into a new medium. Morino's work continues to combine tradition and innovation while expressing his dedication to the deeply complex concept of ma. 




Selected Public Collections:

Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Research Center

Ariana Museum, Geneva, Switzerland

Art Complex Museum, Massachusetts

Aukland Museum, New Zealand

Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama

Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York

Emba Museum of Chinese Modern Art, Hyogo

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY

Japan Foundation, Tokyo

Japan Art Academy

Johnson Art Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Kanazawa Gakuin University, Ishikawa

Kure Municipal Museum of Art, Hiroshima

Kyoto City University of Arts

Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art

Kyoto Prefectural Library Museum

Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tokyo

Musee des Decoratifs, Paris

Musee Tomo, Tokyo

Museo Municipal de Manises, Manises, Spain

Museum of Decorative Art, Prague, Czechoslovakia

Museum of Kyoto

Museum of Modern Art, The House of Japan, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu

New Orleans Museums of Art, Louisiana

The Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo

The National Museum of Art, Osaka

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, Newcastle, Australia

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania

Portland Art Museum, Oregon

Royal Museum of Decorative Art, Copenhagen, Denmark

Saint Louis Art Museum, Michigan

Seoul Metropolitan Museum of Art, Korea

Spencer Museum, University of Kansas, Lawrence

St. Louis Art Museum, MO.

Takamatsu Municipal Museum of Art, Kagawa

The Shigaraki Ceramics Cultural Park, Shiga

Tokoname Education Committee, Tokoname, Aichi

Vallauris Museum of Ceramics, Vallauris, France

Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Wakayama Prefectural Museum of Modern Art

World Ceramic Exposition Foundation, Korea


1934        Born in Kyoto

1957        Award in Nitten Exhibition

1958        B.A., Ceramics,  Kyoto City University of Arts

1960        M.F.A., Ceramics, Kyoto City University of Arts        

1962-63        Instructor, University of Chicago, IL

1966-68        Instructor, University of Chicago, IL

1979        Joined International Academy of Ceramic




Selected solo exhibitions:

2011        Art Space Vision

2004        The International Asian Art Fair, New York

2003        Takashimaya Gallery, Kyoto and Tokyo

1992        Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo (also in 1989)

1989        Wako Hall, Tokyo (also in 1982)

1979        Museum of Decorative Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark.

1968        Evanston Art Center, U.S.A.

1963        Art Institute of Chicago, U.S.A.

1960        Fujikawa Gallery, Osaka



Selected group exhibitions:

2009        Two Persons Show with Harumi NAKASHIMA, Wako Namiki Museum,   


2006        Avant-garde et Tradition du Japon, Musee National de Ceramique, Place de la Manufacture Sevres

        Modern Japanese Crafts from Museum Collection: A History of modern Crafts, National Museum of Modern Arts, Tokyo

        The Quintessence of Modern Japanese Ceramics, Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum, Japan.

2005        Contemporary Clay: Japanese Ceramics for the New Century, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Traveled to Japan Society, New York, in 2006 – 2007, U.S.A.

2002         100 Years of Contemporary Ceramics: Developments of Japanese Ceramics, Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu, Japan.

1995        Japanese Studio Crafts, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom.

1992        1992 International Invitational Exhibition of Ceramic Art, National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan.

1990        The Top Runners of Contemporary Ceramics, Emba Museum of Chinese Modern Art, Hyogo, Japan.

1989        Europalia ’89 Japan, the Ceramics of the Showa Tradition and Innovation, Belgium.

1988        Japan Contemporary Ceramic Exhibition, Portland Museum, U.S.A.

1986        1910 Japan des Avant Gardes 1970, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.

1985        Ille Biennalle de Ceramique Contemporaine de Chateauroux, Musee Bertrand, France.

        Pacific Connection, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Arts, U.S.A.

1984        Japanese Design – Its Tradition and Today, Moscow, U.S.S.R.

1983        Traveling Exhibition of Japan Contemporary Ceramics, Canada.

1981        Ceramic Miniature Exhibition, Museum of Decorative Arts, Paris, France.

1979        Japan Today – Ceramic Art Exhibition, Denver, U.S.A.

1976        Japan Contemporary Ceramic Exhibition, New Zealand and Australia.

        Japan Ceramic Art Exhibition, Germany.

1973        International Ceramic Exhibition, Vallauris, France.

1967        International Ceramics Exhibition, Faenza, Italy.

1964        International Exhibition of Contemporary Ceramic Art, National Museum of 

        Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan.



Prizes and Awards:

1960, 1966    Grand Prize and Hokuto Prize, Nitten

1968        Membership Prize and the Foreign Minister’s Prize, Japan Contemporary Arts 

        and Crafts Exhibition

1983        Education Minister’s Prize, Japan New Arts, and Crafts Exhibition.

1996        Kyoto Prefecture Culture Prize Merits Prize

1999        Laureate of the Kyoto City Award of Cultural Merit

2007        Japan Art Academy Prize