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Ai Weiwei is one of the world’s most influential artists and human rights activists, and one of China’s most formidable critics. Ai Weiwei: Unbroken features a selection of the artist's most iconic ceramics, and marks the international debut of new work. See it now!
SMASH: Nourish is a night of bold artwork, delicious cuisine, refreshing drinks, and invigorating experiences. The Gardiner Museum Young Patron Circle's annual art party sold out last year, so get your tickets early!
The Gardiner Museum is among the few museums in the world focused on ceramics, and is one of the most important specialty museums internationally. It houses approximately 4,000 objects, including European porcelain, ceramics from the Ancient Americas, Chinese porcelain, Japanese porcelain, and contemporary ceramics. Search the collection online!
Everyone can love clay! Become a Friend at one of the world’s great specialty museums and enjoy the benefits, including unlimited admission, invitations to exhibition previews and special events, discounts on lectures and clay classes, and more.
Today, Japanese clay art is experiencing one of the richest and most diverse periods in its long history. Throughout 2018, three lobby displays, curated by Joan B. Mirviss, an authority on Japanese ceramics and a New York City gallery owner for 40 years, will feature the work of ground-breaking Japanese ceramists who stand on the world stage, boldly asserting their independence, creativity, and technical genius.
Form + Function shows vessels created for use with floral displays or referring, sometimes loosely, to that function. As Japanese ceramics have evolved through the centuries, form has always played the central role in their aesthetics; even vessels created for everyday use display a sophistication of form. Since antiquity, Japanese potters have continued to develop new shapes and techniques that, while based on indigenous regional styles or ancient prototypes, have also drawn from foreign sources, principally from China, Korea, and more recently, the West.
January 12 – April 22
Form + Function
June 7 – September 2
September 7 – January 13
Header: Nakamura Takuo (b. 1945), Vessel that is not a Vessel, 2016, Stoneware with kutani-style glazes, Collection of the Gardiner Museum G17.6.1a-b, Photography by Richard Goodbody
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