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Reshaping Tradition: Contemporary Ceramics from East AsiaTranslated Vase

September 11, 2015 through January 31, 2016

Reshaping Tradition: Contemporary Ceramics from East Asia traces some of the most innovative and extraordinary developments that have re-shaped ceramic practice, through works by seven prestigious artists: Ai Weiwei, Ah Xian, Ikjoong Kang, Bui Cong Khanh, Liu Jianhua, Harumi Nakashima and Yeesookyung. The range and depth of the ceramic tradition in East Asia has been appreciated by many over the course of millennia. The featured artists continue to explore clay and have achieved stunningly diverse works that touch upon issues such as personal, global, political, and aesthetic through their unique perspectives.  Juxtaposed with select examples of significant ceramics tradition in East Asia from the museum’s permanent collection, the contemporary works illustrate how artists can use tradition as a springboard for countless innovations, creating works that speak to contemporary audiences.


Translated Vase (TVW2), 2013
Ceramic shards, Epoxy, 24 karat gold leaf
Courtesy of Locks Gallery, Philadelphia
Photograph by Joseph Hu