Rosanjin Kitaoji & Shoji Hamada - Two Masters-
Date: March 4 - March 26 (Closed on Mondays)
We are showing various works by Rosanjin Kitaoji and Shoji Hamada.
Rosanjin Kitaoji 北大路 魯山人
1883 Born in Shimogamo Kitaoji, Kyoto.
1907 Began his career as a calligrapher in Tokyo.
1916 Wandered around Korea, China, Shiga, Fukui, and Kanazawa.
Returned to Kyoto.
1919 Opened his antique shop in Tokyo.
1921 Began ‘Bishoku club’ (Gourmet’s club) which serves his food with his
1925 Began ‘Hoshigaoka Saryo’. (Members-only restaurant)
1928 Built ‘Hoshigaoka kiln’ in Kamakura for producing dishes used in the
restaurant. His reputation rose as his works exhibited in department
stores and the restaurant.
1935 Started focusing on producing ceramics.
1936 Left the management of the restaurant.
1937 The first exhibition of his new works held at Ginza Kuroda Touen.
1939 The Hoshigaoka kiln was blisk holding about 50 staff around this year.
1942 Evacuation in Ishikawa prefecture. Produced lacquer ware there.
1954 Held a solo exhibition in New York, invited by Rockefeller
Foundation. Visited U.S. and Europe.
1955 Declined certification of a living national treasure.
1956 Actively held exhibitions in Tokyo, Kyoto and Nagoya.
1959 Passed away at the age of 77.
Shoji Hamada 浜田 庄司
1894 Born in Kawasaki, Kanagawa prefecture.
1916 Graduated from Tokyo Insitute of Technology.
Entered Kyoto Ceramic Experimental Station.
1920 Visited England invited by Bernard Leach.
1924 Stayed in Okinawa and Kyoto after coming back in Japan.
1926 Began Mingei movement with Soetsu Yanagi and Kanjiro Kawai.
1931 Built ascending kiln in Mashiko, Tochigi prefecture.
1955 Designated as a Living National Treasure.
1968 Awarded an Order of Cultural Merit
1978 Passed away at the age of 84.