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Kosho Ito Retrospective
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (Japan)

01.08 - 04.10.2011













 











































































































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In August Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo presents Kosho Ito (Works 1974-2009), a major retrospective exhibition. Kosho Ito (1932-) is an artist who uses clay to create large-scale installations.


Born un the family of the metal engraving of Kanazama, Ito got his start in the world of traditional ceramics but thereafter embarked into experimental works and has since been active in the contemporary art field earning him international accolade. In 1978, he represented Japan at the Triennale-India, where he was awared the Gold Medal and also participated in the Venice-Biennale as the Japanese representative in 1984.


Ito uses various types of clay in his works. They range from porcelain clay called Kaolin, to a more reddish-clay that contains substantial amount of iron as well as a type that can be found in Kasama, Ibaraki prefecture, where he now lives. Depending on the characteristics of the clay, the resulting effect differs in kaleidoscopic ways.


An artificial intermediate process is kept to a minimum as he ultimately valued the delicate nuances of the claaay and consciously ficused on the fundamental nature of the medium. Cracks and ruffles that appear on the surface of Ito's works create an illusion to the viewer as they are alive-so vibrant and full of life. Consequently, his creation is born under a dialogue one has with nature and his organic ways.








 


































Kosho Ito Retrospective, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

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Kosho Ito, Eros of Alumina (White solidities are...), 1984. Courtesy Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. Photo : Yoshitaka Uchida Kosho Ito, Folds of Clay-Blue Freeze, 2007. Courtesy the artist. Photo : Yoshitaka Uchida

Left : Kosho Ito, Eros of Alumina (White solidities are...), 1984. Courtesy Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. Photo : Yoshitaka Uchida


Right : Kosho Ito, Folds of Clay-Blue Freeze, 2007. Courtesy the artist. Photo : Yoshitaka Uchida


Kosho Ito, Kino-Niku, Tsuchi-no-Ha, 1991. Courtesy Takamatsu City Museum of Art. Photo : Yoshitaka Uchida

Kosho Ito, Kino-Niku, Tsuchi-no-Ha, 1991. Courtesy Takamatsu City Museum of Art. Photo : Yoshitaka Uchida



Exhibition 1st August - 4 October 2010. Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT), 4-1-1, Myoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135 0022 (Japan).