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Jun Kaneko Press Release

Jun Kaneko Press Release

June 29, 2011


Jun Kaneko traveling exhibition makes its only Canadian stop at Toronto’s Gardiner Museum

TORONTO (June 29, 2011) – From June 30 to September 18, 2011, Jun Kaneko
will make its final and only Canadian stop at Toronto’s Gardiner Museum. The
highly anticipated exhibit features larger than life ceramic sculptures, some of
which are over seven feet high and weigh thousands of pounds.

All of Kaneko’s work is informed by the Japanese concept of “ma:” which
suggests that everything has a spirit. Kaneko has extended the concept of “ma”
to include the space in between things. He believes that the space in between
things is also animated.

“Whether I am making a larger or smaller piece, in the end I hope it will make
sense to have that particular scale and form together and that it will give off
enough energy to shake the air around it.”
Jun Kaneko
Ceramics Art and Perception 2010

Jun Kaneko is a traveling exhibition organized by Smith Kramer Fine Art
Services for a tour of North America. The Gardiner Museum is the final stop on
the tour and the only scheduled Canadian venue for the exhibition.
Kaneko’s work will be on display at the Gardiner Museum from June 30 to
September 18. The exhibition will feature 39 visual masterpieces by the artist
including a mix of large and small ceramic sculptures as well as a carefully
curated selection of paintings and drawings.

Known predominately for his significant sized sculptures and installations,
Kaneko has also designed opera sets and costumes for several productions in
Omaha, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Vancouver.

"We are very excited to have Jun Kaneko at the Gardiner this fall,” says
Alexandra Montgomery, Executive Director of the Gardiner Museum. “As the
only Canadian stop on this exhibit, Torontonians are getting a rare chance to
experience Kaneko’s work. The monumental presence of his sculpture has a
physical impact. Visitors to this exhibition will have a profound visceral

Jun Kaneko’s larger than life works have been seen at more than 40 museums
around the world including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Honolulu
Academy of Arts and Scripps College. He has also been granted an honorary
doctorate from the Royal Collage of Art in London.

The Gardiner Museum connects people art and ideas by offering an intimate
look at one of the world’s oldest and most universal art forms -- ceramics. The
collection spans continents and time, giving a glimpse into the development of
ceramic processes, decoration and form. Year-round the Museum mounts
special exhibitions, events, lectures and clay classes to complement its
permanent collection.

The Museum also features a café that serves delicious local fare prepared by
Jamie Kennedy Kitchens as its executive chef, and the Gardiner Shop, which
specializes in artist-designed, artist-made merchandise. More information about
the museum and its exhibitions can be found online at

Members of the media can register to access the Gardiner Museum’s online
media room (www.gardinermuseum.on.ca/news-and-media) where they may
download images and additional media materials.


Katherine Griggs
416.360.6522 ext. 237

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