Shadow of Sodeisha; Japanese and Irish art in Clay at the National Museum of Ireland

The National Museum of Ireland Decorative Arts and History have announced an exciting new exhibition which marks the 60th anniversary of the official commencement of diplomatic relations between Ireland and Japan.

“Shadow of Sodeisha; Japanese and Irish art in Clay” displays the work of twelve leading contemporary ceramic artists from both countries.

The title Shadow of Sodeisha takes its name from the Japanese post-war avant-garde ceramic movement, founded in 1948. The Sodeisha or ‘Crawling through Mud Association’ aimed to reject traditional historical precedents. They favoured instead work rooted in the international modes and idealism of modernist art through the use of clay in abstract sculpture.

Paying homage to this, one of Japan’s greatest contributions to 20th century world art, twelve artists (six representing Japan and six representing Ireland) were invited to participate in this show. The Irish artists include Isobel Egan, Frances Lambe, Deirdre McLoughlin, Michael Moore, Nuala O’Donovan and Katharine West. The artists representing Japan include some of the best known early 21st century followers of the innovative approach of the original Sodeisha artists: Satoru Hoshino, Jia-haur Liang, Akito Morino, Mitsuo Shoji, Kazuo Takiguchi and Hidemi Tokutake.

Admission to this fascinating exhibition is free and it will be open to the public until February 2018 so there is ample time to fit in multiple visits to this celebration of relations between the two great nations of Japan and Ireland.

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