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Kikuchi Kanjitsu Memorial Tomo Museum is holding “The Sodeisha Group: An Era Born Out of Avant-garde Ceramics”

“The Sodeisha Group: An Era Born Out of Avant-garde Ceramics” re-examines the avant-garde ceramic group called Sodeisha established in Kyoto prefecture in 1948. The Sodeisha group lasted for 50 years and played an important role in the history of Japanese contemporary ceramics. This traveling exhibition contains three sections and is presented in Part I and Part II. Part I (from April 20th to June 23rd) covers Section 1 and 2, and Part II (from July 5th –September 1st) covers Section 3.

This exhibition focuses on the first 25 years of the Sodeisha group (from 1948 to 1973), shedding light on all of the members during then – whose works still remain. Out of the 42 members, works by 32 members are presented. Additionally, there are various documents and works by other avant-garde ceramic groups that were formed at that time, in order to look at this period from a wider perspective.

Previous exhibition venues include The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, which was on view from July 19th to September 24th, 2023, The Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu, from December 19th, 2023, to February 18th, 2024, Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art, from February 27th to April 7th, and Tomo Museum is the last destination.

YAGI Kazuo, Mr. Samsa’s Walk 1954, The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto

FUJIMOTO Yoshimichi, Solar Eclipse 1957, University Art Museum,

Kyoto City University of Arts

MIWA Ryosaku, For Love 1968, National Crafts Museum

About the Museum

Kikuchi Kanjitsu Memorial Tomo Museum, commonly referred to as Musée Tomo or Tomo Museum, was established by Kikuchi Tomo (1923-2016) in 2003. The founding collection of ceramics were carefully selected by Tomo herself. Since opening, Tomo Museum has been dedicated to showcasing exhibitions that shed light on contemporary ceramists including those who have passed away and left an important mark in the Japanese contemporary ceramic world. Today, Tomo Museum continues to specialize in presenting works by Japanese contemporary ceramists, expanding to artists who work in different mediums such as glass, lacquer, metal, and textile.


The Sodeisha Group: An Era Born Out of Avant-garde Ceramics

Opening Hours: 11:00–18:00 (Last Admission at 17:30)

Location: Kikuchi Kanjitsu Memorial Tomo Museum

(4-1-35, Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo)

Museum Closure:

•Closed regularly on Mondays (Except on April 29th, May 6th, July 15th, and August 12th)

•The following Tuesdays will be closed: April 30th, May 7th, July 16th, August 13th

•During exhibition changeover from May 27th – May 30th, June 24th – July 4th, July 29th – August 1st


•Single-Entry Ticket

Regular Admission: 1,100 yen

University Student: 800 yen

Elementary through High School Student: 500 yen

•Two-Entry Ticket

Regular Admission: 1,700 yen

University Student: 1,300 yen

Elementary through High School Student: 700 yen


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