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The Kyocera Museum of Art to Feature Special Exhibition of Artistic Metalworking

“Yoshiyuki Chosa: The Beauty of Metalworking”

October 27, 2011
Kyocera Corporation (President: Tetsuo Kuba) announced the opening of the 9th Special Exhibition at The Kyocera Museum of Art dedicated to the work of Yoshiyuki Chosa (1915-2002) — a premier figure in the world of toreutics (artistic metalworking by hammering, engraving, Repoussé and chasing) and recipient of Japan’s Order of Culture. Carefully selected for this exhibit among the artist’s many works, the vivacious pieces on display focus on works of contemporary conceptual design created with remarkable technique. The exhibition, featuring 40 of the artist’s original works, will be held from November 1 through December 9 at The Kyocera Museum of Art — located on the 1st floor of the Kyocera Head Office in Fushimi, Kyoto City, Japan.

Photo:Some of the major pieces that will be featured in the exhibit   Photo:Some of the major pieces that will be featured in the exhibit
Some of the major pieces that will be featured in the exhibit


Exhibition Title The Kyocera Museum of Art 9th Special Exhibition
“Yoshiyuki Chosa: The Beauty of Metalworking”
Location The Kyocera Museum of Art (access)
Located in the Kyocera Corporation Global Head Office, 1st floor
6 Takeda Tobadono-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto City, Japan 612-8501
Dates Nov. 1 (Tue) through Dec. 9, 2011 (Fri) *Open Saturdays, Sundays, holidays for this exhibit only
Hours 10:00 to 17:00
Admission FREE
Co-Sponsors The Kyoto Shimbun Co., Ltd.; Nikkei Inc., Kyoto Office
Cooperation Yoshiyuki Chosa Gallery; The Inamori Foundation

About the Special Exhibition

The timing of the Special Exhibition was planned to align with the 27th Kyoto Prize presentation ceremony (established by Kyocera founder Kazuo Inamori) which is to be held on November 10, as Yoshiyuki Chosa was the artist who created the medal which is given to the laureates of the internationally renowned prize.

The exhibit features 40 pieces of the artist’s wide variety of work, including a well-known piece that has been featured in the premier Japanese Nitten Exhibition. Furthermore, along with artwork itself, many photos of the artist’s life and achievements and videos showing his artistic process will be on display. Through this exhibition, Kyocera hopes to create a chance for many people to see and feel the power of Chosa’s work and to get to know the beauty of artistic metalworking.
  Photo: Kyoto Prize medal
Kyoto Prize medal


About the Artist

Born in Kagoshima, Japan in 1915, Yoshiyuki Chosa has had his work featured in many of Japan’s most prominent art exhibits. He was also a major force in the establishment of the Nihon Shinkougeika Renmei (Japan modern technical art federation), and was a recipient of Japan’s Order of Culture.

Featured Works of Art

Photo:Some of the major pieces that will be featured in the exhibit   Photo:Some of the major pieces that will be featured in the exhibit   Photo:Some of the major pieces that will be featured in the exhibit


About The Kyocera Museum of Art

The museum, located on the first floor of our headquarters building in Kyoto, Japan, was opened in October 1998 as one of Kyocera Corporation’s cultural projects. Through these exhibits, we wish to make a contribution to the cultural enrichment of the local community. Our major collections include Qianlong glassware, Picasso's copper plate print series 347, modern Japanese paintings, Western-style paintings, sculpture, and fine ceramic pottery.

The Special Exhibition series has previously featured works of art by Pablo Picasso (2000), the “Nihonga” contemporary Japanese paintings collection (2000), photographs by Ansel Adams (2008), and sculptures by Shinya Nakamura (2010).