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The Kyocera Museum of Art to Feature Special Exhibition
Rin/Ten - Encounter of Fine Ceramics and Art

Approx. 20 new works from up-and-coming young ceramic artist Jumpei Ueda on display

May 29, 2017
Kyocera Corporation (President: Hideo Tanimoto) today announced the opening of the 2017 Special Exhibition: “Rin/Ten — Encounter of Fine Ceramics and Art” to be held at The Kyocera Museum of Art — located on the first floor of the Kyocera Head Office in Fushimi, Kyoto City, Japan from June 9 through July 9. The exhibition will feature approximately 20 new art works by Jumpei Ueda, an up-and-coming young artist who practices arts with “ceramics” and among the exhibited works, most use Kyocera’s fine ceramics.

Fine ceramics (also known as advanced ceramics) are widely used for industrial or electronic components in various applications including automobiles and smartphones, however, they have rarely been used in the arts because they are generally considered difficult materials to process — although aesthetically attractive. Ueda was excited to take on the challenge of working with a new type of pottery using fine ceramics, and Kyocera hopes to let people see the attractiveness of fine ceramics and their potential in the arts. As both parties share a similar goal, the company decided to hold the special exhibition to display the works by Ueda.

As for the meaning of the special exhibition title, “Rin” is taken from the Japanese words “rinkai” (critical), “rinkaku” (profile), or “rinsetsu” (adjoining); and “Ten” is taken from “hanten” (return), “tenkai” (development), or “setten” (contact). A combination of “rin” and “ten” also connotes “rin-ten” or “rinne,” which is reincarnation in Buddhism. The exhibition will allow visitors to experience extraordinary feelings created by the works that seem simple at a glance but are actually complex and look inorganic but are actually full of life.

Image: Shiro - Mon (fine ceramics)
Shiro - Mon (fine ceramics)
Square plates made of fine ceramics are laid out in a space expressing a mirror, a window, or a painting so that a blank or a margin is expressed in a real world.
  Image: Hou - I (baked-mud)
Hou - I (baked-mud)
The action of a man’s hands scooping water led to creation of civilization and tools. This work of art is a manifestation of how the artist sees this principle of things.

Exhibition Details
The Kyocera Museum of Art, 2017 Special Exhibition
“Rin/Ten - Encounter of Fine Ceramics and Arts”

The Kyocera Museum of Art
(Kyocera Corporation Global Head Office, 1st floor)
6 Takeda Tobadono-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto City, Japan 612-8501


June 9 (Fri) through July 9 (Sun), 2017
*The museum will be open every day during this special exhibition.


10:00am to 5:00pm (last admission at 4:30pm)




Approximately 20 pieces including ceramic art made from fine ceramics


Kyocera Corporation


Kyoto City; Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry; The Kyoto Shimbun Co., Ltd.; Kyoto Branch Office of Nikkei Inc.; Kyoto Broadcasting System Co., Ltd.

Special Cooperation

Imura art gallery, Miyako Yogyo Inc., Kaneri Toryo Limited., Takarazuka University

About Works at Special Exhibition
Ueda was inspired by a square on the water surface on the palm as a person scoops water and focused on the square shape as a clue to analyzing humankind’s life from the day they were born to the present day. Fine ceramics are positioned as the apex of advancement of humankind’s technology or civilization that started with bricks or earthenware. Using fine ceramics in this definition, the artist symbolically expresses what materials and time mean to human’s life since before written history.

Fine ceramics contribute to the development of advanced technology. Color and form created by the search for functionality are made independent and are visualized. In doing this, a new use, or appreciation, is given to fine ceramics. This attempt creates a stir in the conventional idea of “pottery.”
  Image: Shikaku - Rasen (porcelain)
Shikaku - Rasen (porcelain)
Spiral structure is found common in both materials and humans. Humans create many forms, among which squares are very often found. The relationship among spirals is expressed with a square.

About Jumpei Ueda
Image: Shikaku - Rasen (porcelain)With Kyoto as his home base, Jumpei Ueda creates pottery works that emphasize his questions about, analysis of, and understanding of the culture and history of pottery, the conventional concept of “container,” and “functionality and utility.” In 2010, he was awarded the New Artist Prize of the Gotoh Cultural Award, which is said to be the gateway for young artists in modern art. He went to Mexico as a researcher of the Gotoh Memorial Foundation in the same year to conducted works of art. There he vividly saw and felt the history, climate, and past and modern culture of Mexico and tried to create contacts between civilization, technology and arts. After he returned to Japan, he is going to show about 20 new works that go beyond the cultural differences in this exhibition.

1978  Born in Sakai City, Osaka
2003  B.F.A., in Ceramic Course, Crafts Dept. of, Crafts Dept. of Osaka University of Arts, Osaka, Japan
2005  M.F.A., in Ceramic, Dept. of Crafts of Kyoto City University of Arts, Kyoto, Japan
2010  Residency in Mexico granted by The Gotoh Memorial Foundation new comer’s prize of art
2012-  Full-time instructor at Takarazuka University

2006 Kyoto Art for Tomorrow 2006 — New waves — Craftwork division: Grand Prize
2008 The 11th Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art: Toshiko Okamoto Award
2010  Gotoh Memorial Foundation Award: Young Artist Prize
2013  The 31st Kyoto Prefecture Cultural Award: Encouragement Prize