Rosanjin Kitaoji - New Year's Special Exhibition

Rosanjin Kitaoji - New Year's Special Exhibition

Date: January 5 - January 28, 2018 (Closed on Mondays)
Floor: 3F [Yume no sakai]

During this January, we are showing special ceramic art works by Rosanjin Kitaoji.

  • Different  sets of plates
  • Large vases
  • A plate with a hand

Rosanjin is widely known as a ceramic artist, but he did paintings too. His unique blush stroke is very fascinating.

This time, we are also showing a new replica of Rosanjin's painting.

Last year, we collaborated with a great Japanese printing company, DNP - the Dai Nippon Printing Company. We have various paintings by Rosanjin, but some paintings have stains and deteriorated over the time. Thanks to the most advanced technology that DNP has, those paintings have beautifully revived. 

We hope you enjoy this exhibition.




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.
1919 Opened his antique shop in Tokyo.
1921 Began 'Bishoku club' -Gourmet's club serving his dishes on collected antiques.
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 making 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 brisk 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.
1955 He declined to be a living national treasure.
1956 Actively held exhibitions in Tokyo, Kyoto and Nagoya.
1959 Passed away at the age of 77.